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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, sildenafil citrate soft tabs catching seven passes for 89 yards, sildenafil citrate soft tabs his second-highest total of the season.

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

“Just a screen pass, sildenafil citrate soft tabs we do our best to block downfield, sildenafil citrate soft tabs and unfortunately the ball popped out, sildenafil citrate soft tabs” Lloyd said. Sildenafil citrate soft tabs “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

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

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

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, sildenafil citrate soft tabs with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, sildenafil citrate soft tabs back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

“Felt good, sildenafil citrate soft tabs” Bolden said. Sildenafil citrate soft tabs “Missing four weeks, sildenafil citrate soft tabs you try not to get out of shape, sildenafil citrate soft tabs you keep yourself active, sildenafil citrate soft tabs it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

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

With the interception, sildenafil citrate soft tabs the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, sildenafil citrate soft tabs one behind the Chicago Bears. Sildenafil citrate soft tabs Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Sildenafil citrate soft tabs Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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