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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, order metoclopramide online but the Patriots were fully aware of the attention given to the Houston Texans and their preference for play-action passes on offense.

So when quarterback Tom Brady perfectly sold a handoff the second time the Patriots had the ball, order metoclopramide online receiver Brandon Lloyd never broke stride, order metoclopramide online blowing past the Texans who bit on the run possibility. Order metoclopramide online He caught Brady’s pass without a defender near him, order metoclopramide online coasting into the end zone and pushing the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 in a game they would win handily, order metoclopramide online 42-14, order metoclopramide online Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

“That was definitely a scheme play, order metoclopramide online” Lloyd said. Order metoclopramide online “We worked hard on that all week, order metoclopramide online and when the opportunity presented itself, order metoclopramide online Coach [Josh] McDaniels called it at the right time and we were able to take advantage of it.”

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, order metoclopramide online catching seven passes for 89 yards, order metoclopramide online his second-highest total of the season.

He scored two touchdowns, order metoclopramide online the second coming on a fumble recovery in the end zone, order metoclopramide online after Danny Woodhead lost the ball on a screen pass. Order metoclopramide online The ball bounced forward, order metoclopramide online with Lloyd diving on it. Order metoclopramide online Not how it’s drawn up, order metoclopramide online but the way the night went.

“Just a screen pass, order metoclopramide online we do our best to block downfield, order metoclopramide online and unfortunately the ball popped out, order metoclopramide online” Lloyd said. Order metoclopramide online “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

Since the start of the season, order metoclopramide online the Patriots’ depth chart on the offensive line read more like a wish list than a realistic starting lineup, order metoclopramide online with an assortment of injuries resulting in five different combinations.

For the first time in a month, order metoclopramide online and just the sixth time this season, order metoclopramide online the Patriots began the game with the five players who are designated by the team as its starters: Nate Solder at left tackle, order metoclopramide online Logan Mankins at left guard, order metoclopramide online Ryan Wendell at center, order metoclopramide online Dan Connolly at right guard, order metoclopramide online and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

The group was made whole again with the return of Mankins, order metoclopramide online who had missed three consecutive games — and five of six — with ankle and calf injuries. Order metoclopramide online He was back at practice last week, order metoclopramide online in a limited role, order metoclopramide online but was in the starting lineup Monday night, order metoclopramide online relegating Donald Thomas to reserve status.

Another key starter also returned from injury, order metoclopramide online with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, order metoclopramide online back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski missed his third straight game with a broken forearm. Order metoclopramide online The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, order metoclopramide online defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, order metoclopramide online safety Derrick Martin, order metoclopramide online and fullback James Develin, order metoclopramide online who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Order metoclopramide online 28, order metoclopramide online but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, order metoclopramide online activating Brandon Bolden to the 53-man roster and making him eligible to play against the Texans after the running back served a four-game suspension.

Bolden, order metoclopramide online a rookie from Mississippi, order metoclopramide online was suspended by the NFL on Nov. Order metoclopramide online 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Order metoclopramide online He hadn’t played since Oct. Order metoclopramide online 14 at Seattle, order metoclopramide online when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. Order metoclopramide online The injury cost him two games, order metoclopramide online then the suspension added four more.

With 234 yards on 43 carries, order metoclopramide online Bolden came into the Texans game with the second-most rushing yards for the Patriots, order metoclopramide online and his 5.4-yard average led the team. Order metoclopramide online Stevan Ridley has been the workhorse since Bolden was forced out, order metoclopramide online gaining 486 yards in the six games Bolden missed.

Bolden declined interview requests Saturday, order metoclopramide online the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. Order metoclopramide online But he was ready to talk after the game, order metoclopramide online in which he played on special teams and got two late carries for 11 yards.

“Felt good, order metoclopramide online” Bolden said. Order metoclopramide online “Missing four weeks, order metoclopramide online you try not to get out of shape, order metoclopramide online you keep yourself active, order metoclopramide online it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

“It was a mistake. Order metoclopramide online Saddened that it happened, order metoclopramide online but the team kept going, order metoclopramide online so just got to keep moving forward, order metoclopramide online” Bolden said. Order metoclopramide online “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, order metoclopramide online make sure I don’t fall too far off.”

Turning their way

Devin McCourty’s end-zone interception on Houston’s second offensive series of the game extended the Patriots’ streak of forcing at least one turnover to 24 games. Order metoclopramide online The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, order metoclopramide online the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, order metoclopramide online one behind the Chicago Bears. Order metoclopramide online Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

“We know we have a good defense here, order metoclopramide online we’ve played really well the last couple of weeks, order metoclopramide online” McCourty said. Order metoclopramide online “The biggest focus for us is just trying to build on that.”

Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. Order metoclopramide online Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, order metoclopramide online inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, order metoclopramide online but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Order metoclopramide online On the next play, order metoclopramide online Hernandez caught a 7-yard touchdown pass.



Early in the fourth quarter, order metoclopramide online Woodhead fumbled after catching a screen pass and being hit from behind by J.J. Order metoclopramide online Watt. Order metoclopramide online The ball flew into the end zone, order metoclopramide online with Lloyd diving on it for an unlikely touchdown.

Handing out Hall passes

If you’re a Patriots fan who’s never been to Canton, order metoclopramide online Ohio, order metoclopramide online and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, order metoclopramide online Canton is coming to you this week. Order metoclopramide online Well, order metoclopramide online at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Order metoclopramide online In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, order metoclopramide online the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, order metoclopramide online Andre Tippett, order metoclopramide online Nick Buoniconti, order metoclopramide online Mike Haynes, order metoclopramide online and Curtis Martin — will be on display at the Hall at Patriot Place.

The weeklong celebration will culminate with Sunday night’s home game against the San Francisco 49ers, order metoclopramide online with Tippett, order metoclopramide online Haynes, order metoclopramide online and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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