By Mike Fine, order tazorac The Patriot Ledger
FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, order tazorac 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 tazorac including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Order tazorac He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Order tazorac 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 tazorac It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, order tazorac he was asked?
“I don’t know, order tazorac” he said.
It means you’re pretty good, order tazorac he was reminded, order tazorac as if he didn't realize the Texans, order tazorac who were 11-1 and had also won six straight, order tazorac were just another game on the schedule.
“Obviously, order tazorac 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 tazorac but we still have things we need to improve on, order tazorac” he said. Order tazorac “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 tazorac which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Order tazorac It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
At 2:49 of the first quarter, order tazorac the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, order tazorac Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Order tazorac Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, order tazorac and he was off for the end zone, order tazorac giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Order tazorac “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, order tazorac” he said, order tazorac “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 tazorac and we were able to take advantage of it.”
“That was well executed, order tazorac” said coach Bill Belichick. Order tazorac “That was great protection, order tazorac great run fake, order tazorac and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. Order tazorac The players did a good job on that.”
Not only was it big for the team, order tazorac but also for Lloyd. Order tazorac A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, order tazorac capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Order tazorac 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 tazorac and even his ability to mesh with Brady, order tazorac so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Order tazorac Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Order tazorac He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, order tazorac either. Order tazorac “I don’t know how many yards I had.”
As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, order tazorac we’re just executing the plays. Order tazorac I haven’t seen the film, order tazorac but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, order tazorac though, order tazorac and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, order tazorac only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, order tazorac Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.
“I don’t know, order tazorac” he said, order tazorac when asked about that play. Order tazorac “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. Order tazorac Pretty much all I know right now. Order tazorac As long as it puts points on the board. Order tazorac It doesn’t really matter how they come.”
Not too high, order tazorac not too low, order tazorac that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Order tazorac We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Order tazorac “I don’t know. Order tazorac I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, order tazorac” he said.
Mike Fine may be reached at email@example.com.