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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, orlistat online review 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, orlistat online review receiver Brandon Lloyd never broke stride, orlistat online review blowing past the Texans who bit on the run possibility. Orlistat online review He caught Brady’s pass without a defender near him, orlistat online review coasting into the end zone and pushing the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 in a game they would win handily, orlistat online review 42-14, orlistat online review Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, orlistat online review 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, orlistat online review a rookie from Mississippi, orlistat online review was suspended by the NFL on Nov. Orlistat online review 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Orlistat online review He hadn’t played since Oct. Orlistat online review 14 at Seattle, orlistat online review when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. Orlistat online review The injury cost him two games, orlistat online review then the suspension added four more.

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

“It was a mistake. Orlistat online review Saddened that it happened, orlistat online review but the team kept going, orlistat online review so just got to keep moving forward, orlistat online review” Bolden said. Orlistat online review “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, orlistat online review 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. Orlistat online review The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

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

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

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



Early in the fourth quarter, orlistat online review Woodhead fumbled after catching a screen pass and being hit from behind by J.J. Orlistat online review Watt. Orlistat online review The ball flew into the end zone, orlistat online review 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, orlistat online review Ohio, orlistat online review and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, orlistat online review Canton is coming to you this week. Orlistat online review Well, orlistat online review at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Orlistat online review In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, orlistat online review the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, orlistat online review Andre Tippett, orlistat online review Nick Buoniconti, orlistat online review Mike Haynes, orlistat online review 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, orlistat online review with Tippett, orlistat online review Haynes, orlistat online review and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

One downside to the Patriots’ victory was injuries to the defensive secondary. Orlistat online review The Patriots announced injuries to Aqib Talib (hip) and Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring). Orlistat online review Neither returned to the game after getting injured . Orlistat online review . Orlistat online review . Orlistat online review With Julian Edelman out for the season with a foot injury, orlistat online review Wes Welker took over the Patriots’ punt return duties. Orlistat online review He returned four for 50 yards, orlistat online review with a long of 31 . Orlistat online review . Orlistat online review . Orlistat online review Welker also caught three passes, orlistat online review pushing his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a catch to 107 . Orlistat online review . Orlistat online review . Orlistat online review Donte Stallworth made the most of his return to the Patriots. Orlistat online review He caught only one pass from Brady, orlistat online review but the catch-and-run went for 63 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter, orlistat online review making it 28-0. Orlistat online review It was a case of practice makes perfect, orlistat online review even if the practice had been a while ago. Orlistat online review “That particular play is something we had worked on, orlistat online review even in the spring, orlistat online review’’ he said. Orlistat online review “It was just an opportunity where they were kind of flat-footed and it gave me an opportunity to run by the guy and Tommy made a great throw. Orlistat online review He put it up for me to catch it and that’s what I did.’’ . Orlistat online review . Orlistat online review . Orlistat online review His team off until Wednesday, orlistat online review Celtics coach Doc Rivers was spotted on the sideline observing pregame warmups, orlistat online review wearing a Patriots red sweater and chatting up his Patriots counterpart, orlistat online review Bill Belichick. Orlistat online review Also in on the conversation: Boston sports fan Mark Wahlberg. Orlistat online review Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was also at the game, orlistat online review wearing a No. Orlistat online review 83 Patriots jersey . Orlistat online review . Orlistat online review . Orlistat online review The Patriots extended their December winning streak to 13 games, orlistat online review dating to a 22-21 loss at Miami on Dec. Orlistat online review 6, orlistat online review 2009. Orlistat online review It ties the Patriots for the second-longest such streak with the Dallas Cowboys, orlistat online review who accomplished the feat from 1968-72. Orlistat online review The record belongs to the San Diego Chargers, orlistat online review winners of 18 straight from 2006-09. Orlistat online review New England also has won 21 straight games in the second half of the regular season. Orlistat online review The Patriots went 8-0 in the second half of 2010, orlistat online review 8-0 in 2011, orlistat online review and have won their first five this season. Orlistat online review The last loss from the back half of the schedule came in the regular-season finale in 2009, orlistat online review when the Patriots lost at Houston, orlistat online review 34-27 … In a pre-game Twitter message, orlistat online review self-described Patriots fan Donald Trump posted, orlistat online review “Good Luck to Bob Kraft, orlistat online review Tom Brady and Coach Bob Belichick tonight.” Needless to say, orlistat online review the Donald got plenty of unwanted attention for his fumble . Orlistat online review . Orlistat online review . Orlistat online review Keep an eye out for Jerod Mayo on Tuesday. Orlistat online review He’ll be joining Subway spokesman Jared Fogle during multiple appearances around town, orlistat online review thanking unassuming fans with a dozen acts of kindness.

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