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By Mike Fine, buy atrovent The Patriot Ledger

FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, buy atrovent Brandon Lloyd might have been doing handstands after the Patriots’ 42-14 blowout win over the Houston Texans Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

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“Obviously, buy atrovent the Texans are a good football team and we did a pretty good job of executing for the first half for the most part, buy atrovent but we still have things we need to improve on, buy atrovent” he said. Buy atrovent “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, buy atrovent which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Buy atrovent It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.

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As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, buy atrovent we’re just executing the plays. Buy atrovent I haven’t seen the film, buy atrovent but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”

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Not too high, buy atrovent not too low, buy atrovent that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Buy atrovent We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Buy atrovent “I don’t know. Buy atrovent I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, buy atrovent” he said.

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