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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

With the interception, poker viagra the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, poker viagra one behind the Chicago Bears. Poker viagra Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Poker viagra Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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