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By Mike Fine, order nicocease The Patriot Ledger

FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, order nicocease Brandon Lloyd might have been doing handstands after the Patriots’ 42-14 blowout win over the Houston Texans Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

Lloyd had just resurrected himself with seven catches for 89 yards, order nicocease including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Order nicocease He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Order nicocease Two touchdowns in the biggest game of the season and Lloyd acted like he’d done nothing more than buy a can of Coke at 7-Eleven. Order nicocease It just wasn’t a big deal.

What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, order nicocease he was asked?

“I don’t know, order nicocease” he said.

It means you’re pretty good, order nicocease he was reminded, order nicocease as if he didn't realize the Texans, order nicocease who were 11-1 and had also won six straight, order nicocease were just another game on the schedule.

“Obviously, order nicocease the Texans are a good football team and we did a pretty good job of executing for the first half for the most part, order nicocease but we still have things we need to improve on, order nicocease” he said. Order nicocease “I think we had a great week of practice and we did the things that were necessary to come out and execute well and it was a team effort.”

Lloyd was obviously practicing the Patriots’ way of saying something but saying nothing, order nicocease which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Order nicocease It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.

At 2:49 of the first quarter, order nicocease the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, order nicocease Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Order nicocease Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, order nicocease and he was off for the end zone, order nicocease giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Order nicocease “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, order nicocease” he said, order nicocease “and we worked hard on that all week and when the opportunity presented itself and coach (Josh) McDaniels called it at the right time, order nicocease and we were able to take advantage of it.”

“That was well executed, order nicocease” said coach Bill Belichick. Order nicocease “That was great protection, order nicocease great run fake, order nicocease and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. Order nicocease The players did a good job on that.”

Not only was it big for the team, order nicocease but also for Lloyd. Order nicocease A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, order nicocease capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Order nicocease In the first six games of the season he came up with 34.

There were questions about his ability to create separation from defenders, order nicocease and even his ability to mesh with Brady, order nicocease so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Order nicocease Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Order nicocease He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, order nicocease either. Order nicocease “I don’t know how many yards I had.”

As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, order nicocease we’re just executing the plays. Order nicocease I haven’t seen the film, order nicocease but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”

Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, order nicocease though, order nicocease and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, order nicocease only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, order nicocease Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.

“I don’t know, order nicocease” he said, order nicocease when asked about that play. Order nicocease “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. Order nicocease Pretty much all I know right now. Order nicocease As long as it puts points on the board. Order nicocease It doesn’t really matter how they come.”

Not too high, order nicocease not too low, order nicocease that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Order nicocease We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Order nicocease “I don’t know. Order nicocease I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, order nicocease” he said.

Mike Fine may be reached at mikefine@ledger.com.

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