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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff
FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, propecia in us 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, propecia in us receiver Brandon Lloyd never broke stride, propecia in us blowing past the Texans who bit on the run possibility. Propecia in us He caught Brady’s pass without a defender near him, propecia in us coasting into the end zone and pushing the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 in a game they would win handily, propecia in us 42-14, propecia in us Monday night at Gillette Stadium.
“That was definitely a scheme play, propecia in us” Lloyd said. Propecia in us “We worked hard on that all week, propecia in us and when the opportunity presented itself, propecia in us Coach [Josh] McDaniels called it at the right time and we were able to take advantage of it.”
Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, propecia in us catching seven passes for 89 yards, propecia in us his second-highest total of the season.
He scored two touchdowns, propecia in us the second coming on a fumble recovery in the end zone, propecia in us after Danny Woodhead lost the ball on a screen pass. Propecia in us The ball bounced forward, propecia in us with Lloyd diving on it. Propecia in us Not how it’s drawn up, propecia in us but the way the night went.
“Just a screen pass, propecia in us we do our best to block downfield, propecia in us and unfortunately the ball popped out, propecia in us” Lloyd said. Propecia in us “But we were there to make the play.”
All lined up
Since the start of the season, propecia in us the Patriots’ depth chart on the offensive line read more like a wish list than a realistic starting lineup, propecia in us with an assortment of injuries resulting in five different combinations.
For the first time in a month, propecia in us and just the sixth time this season, propecia in us the Patriots began the game with the five players who are designated by the team as its starters: Nate Solder at left tackle, propecia in us Logan Mankins at left guard, propecia in us Ryan Wendell at center, propecia in us Dan Connolly at right guard, propecia in us and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.
The group was made whole again with the return of Mankins, propecia in us who had missed three consecutive games — and five of six — with ankle and calf injuries. Propecia in us He was back at practice last week, propecia in us in a limited role, propecia in us but was in the starting lineup Monday night, propecia in us relegating Donald Thomas to reserve status.
Another key starter also returned from injury, propecia in us with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, propecia in us back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski missed his third straight game with a broken forearm. Propecia in us The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, propecia in us defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, propecia in us safety Derrick Martin, propecia in us and fullback James Develin, propecia in us who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Propecia in us 28, propecia in us but has yet to play.
Bolden: Return man
The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, propecia in us 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, propecia in us a rookie from Mississippi, propecia in us was suspended by the NFL on Nov. Propecia in us 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Propecia in us He hadn’t played since Oct. Propecia in us 14 at Seattle, propecia in us when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. Propecia in us The injury cost him two games, propecia in us then the suspension added four more.
With 234 yards on 43 carries, propecia in us Bolden came into the Texans game with the second-most rushing yards for the Patriots, propecia in us and his 5.4-yard average led the team. Propecia in us Stevan Ridley has been the workhorse since Bolden was forced out, propecia in us gaining 486 yards in the six games Bolden missed.
Bolden declined interview requests Saturday, propecia in us the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. Propecia in us But he was ready to talk after the game, propecia in us in which he played on special teams and got two late carries for 11 yards.
“Felt good, propecia in us” Bolden said. Propecia in us “Missing four weeks, propecia in us you try not to get out of shape, propecia in us you keep yourself active, propecia in us it felt good getting out there for the first time.”
As for the suspension?
“It was a mistake. Propecia in us Saddened that it happened, propecia in us but the team kept going, propecia in us so just got to keep moving forward, propecia in us” Bolden said. Propecia in us “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, propecia in us 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. Propecia in us The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.
With the interception, propecia in us the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, propecia in us one behind the Chicago Bears. Propecia in us Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.
“We know we have a good defense here, propecia in us we’ve played really well the last couple of weeks, propecia in us” McCourty said. Propecia in us “The biggest focus for us is just trying to build on that.”
Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. Propecia in us Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, propecia in us inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, propecia in us but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Propecia in us On the next play, propecia in us Hernandez caught a 7-yard touchdown pass.
Early in the fourth quarter, propecia in us Woodhead fumbled after catching a screen pass and being hit from behind by J.J. Propecia in us Watt. Propecia in us The ball flew into the end zone, propecia in us 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, propecia in us Ohio, propecia in us and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, propecia in us Canton is coming to you this week. Propecia in us Well, propecia in us at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Propecia in us In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, propecia in us the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, propecia in us Andre Tippett, propecia in us Nick Buoniconti, propecia in us Mike Haynes, propecia in us 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, propecia in us with Tippett, propecia in us Haynes, propecia in us and Martin serving as honorary captains.
One downside to the Patriots’ victory was injuries to the defensive secondary. Propecia in us The Patriots announced injuries to Aqib Talib (hip) and Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring). Propecia in us Neither returned to the game after getting injured . Propecia in us . Propecia in us . Propecia in us With Julian Edelman out for the season with a foot injury, propecia in us Wes Welker took over the Patriots’ punt return duties. Propecia in us He returned four for 50 yards, propecia in us with a long of 31 . Propecia in us . Propecia in us . Propecia in us Welker also caught three passes, propecia in us pushing his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a catch to 107 . Propecia in us . Propecia in us . Propecia in us Donte Stallworth made the most of his return to the Patriots. Propecia in us He caught only one pass from Brady, propecia in us but the catch-and-run went for 63 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter, propecia in us making it 28-0. Propecia in us It was a case of practice makes perfect, propecia in us even if the practice had been a while ago. Propecia in us “That particular play is something we had worked on, propecia in us even in the spring, propecia in us’’ he said. Propecia in us “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. Propecia in us He put it up for me to catch it and that’s what I did.’’ . Propecia in us . Propecia in us . Propecia in us His team off until Wednesday, propecia in us Celtics coach Doc Rivers was spotted on the sideline observing pregame warmups, propecia in us wearing a Patriots red sweater and chatting up his Patriots counterpart, propecia in us Bill Belichick. Propecia in us Also in on the conversation: Boston sports fan Mark Wahlberg. Propecia in us Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was also at the game, propecia in us wearing a No. Propecia in us 83 Patriots jersey . Propecia in us . Propecia in us . Propecia in us The Patriots extended their December winning streak to 13 games, propecia in us dating to a 22-21 loss at Miami on Dec. Propecia in us 6, propecia in us 2009. Propecia in us It ties the Patriots for the second-longest such streak with the Dallas Cowboys, propecia in us who accomplished the feat from 1968-72. Propecia in us The record belongs to the San Diego Chargers, propecia in us winners of 18 straight from 2006-09. Propecia in us New England also has won 21 straight games in the second half of the regular season. Propecia in us The Patriots went 8-0 in the second half of 2010, propecia in us 8-0 in 2011, propecia in us and have won their first five this season. Propecia in us The last loss from the back half of the schedule came in the regular-season finale in 2009, propecia in us when the Patriots lost at Houston, propecia in us 34-27 … In a pre-game Twitter message, propecia in us self-described Patriots fan Donald Trump posted, propecia in us “Good Luck to Bob Kraft, propecia in us Tom Brady and Coach Bob Belichick tonight.” Needless to say, propecia in us the Donald got plenty of unwanted attention for his fumble . Propecia in us . Propecia in us . Propecia in us Keep an eye out for Jerod Mayo on Tuesday. Propecia in us He’ll be joining Subway spokesman Jared Fogle during multiple appearances around town, propecia in us thanking unassuming fans with a dozen acts of kindness.
Michael Whitmer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Propecia in us Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.