By Mike Fine, vipps pharmacy The Patriot Ledger
FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, vipps pharmacy Brandon Lloyd might have been doing handstands after the Patriots’ 42-14 blowout win over the Houston Texans Monday night at Gillette Stadium.
Lloyd had just resurrected himself with seven catches for 89 yards, vipps pharmacy including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Vipps pharmacy He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Vipps pharmacy Two touchdowns in the biggest game of the season and Lloyd acted like he’d done nothing more than buy a can of Coke at 7-Eleven. Vipps pharmacy It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, vipps pharmacy he was asked?
“I don’t know, vipps pharmacy” he said.
It means you’re pretty good, vipps pharmacy he was reminded, vipps pharmacy as if he didn't realize the Texans, vipps pharmacy who were 11-1 and had also won six straight, vipps pharmacy were just another game on the schedule.
“Obviously, vipps pharmacy the Texans are a good football team and we did a pretty good job of executing for the first half for the most part, vipps pharmacy but we still have things we need to improve on, vipps pharmacy” he said. Vipps pharmacy “I think we had a great week of practice and we did the things that were necessary to come out and execute well and it was a team effort.”
Lloyd was obviously practicing the Patriots’ way of saying something but saying nothing, vipps pharmacy which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Vipps pharmacy It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
At 2:49 of the first quarter, vipps pharmacy the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, vipps pharmacy Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Vipps pharmacy Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, vipps pharmacy and he was off for the end zone, vipps pharmacy giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Vipps pharmacy “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, vipps pharmacy” he said, vipps pharmacy “and we worked hard on that all week and when the opportunity presented itself and coach (Josh) McDaniels called it at the right time, vipps pharmacy and we were able to take advantage of it.”
“That was well executed, vipps pharmacy” said coach Bill Belichick. Vipps pharmacy “That was great protection, vipps pharmacy great run fake, vipps pharmacy and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. Vipps pharmacy The players did a good job on that.”
Not only was it big for the team, vipps pharmacy but also for Lloyd. Vipps pharmacy A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, vipps pharmacy capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Vipps pharmacy In the first six games of the season he came up with 34.
There were questions about his ability to create separation from defenders, vipps pharmacy and even his ability to mesh with Brady, vipps pharmacy so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Vipps pharmacy Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Vipps pharmacy He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, vipps pharmacy either. Vipps pharmacy “I don’t know how many yards I had.”
As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, vipps pharmacy we’re just executing the plays. Vipps pharmacy I haven’t seen the film, vipps pharmacy but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, vipps pharmacy though, vipps pharmacy and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, vipps pharmacy only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, vipps pharmacy Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.
“I don’t know, vipps pharmacy” he said, vipps pharmacy when asked about that play. Vipps pharmacy “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. Vipps pharmacy Pretty much all I know right now. Vipps pharmacy As long as it puts points on the board. Vipps pharmacy It doesn’t really matter how they come.”
Not too high, vipps pharmacy not too low, vipps pharmacy that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Vipps pharmacy We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Vipps pharmacy “I don’t know. Vipps pharmacy I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, vipps pharmacy” he said.
Mike Fine may be reached at email@example.com.