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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, united healthcare viagra but the Patriots were fully aware of the attention given to the Houston Texans and their preference for play-action passes on offense.

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All lined up

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Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, united healthcare 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.

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

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

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As for the suspension?

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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. United healthcare viagra The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

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

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

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



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Handing out Hall passes

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Secondary injuries

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

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