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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

With the interception, sinemet free sample the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, sinemet free sample one behind the Chicago Bears. Sinemet free sample Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Sinemet free sample Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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