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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

“That was definitely a scheme play, parlodel online review” Lloyd said. Parlodel online review “We worked hard on that all week, parlodel online review and when the opportunity presented itself, parlodel 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, parlodel online review catching seven passes for 89 yards, parlodel online review his second-highest total of the season.

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

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

All lined up

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

For the first time in a month, parlodel online review and just the sixth time this season, parlodel 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, parlodel online review Logan Mankins at left guard, parlodel online review Ryan Wendell at center, parlodel online review Dan Connolly at right guard, parlodel online review and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, parlodel online review with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, parlodel 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. Parlodel online review The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, parlodel online review defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, parlodel online review safety Derrick Martin, parlodel online review and fullback James Develin, parlodel online review who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Parlodel online review 28, parlodel online review but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Parlodel online review Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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