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FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, buy cheap allegra 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, buy cheap allegra including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Buy cheap allegra He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Buy cheap allegra 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. Buy cheap allegra It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, buy cheap allegra he was asked?
“I don’t know, buy cheap allegra” he said.
It means you’re pretty good, buy cheap allegra he was reminded, buy cheap allegra as if he didn't realize the Texans, buy cheap allegra who were 11-1 and had also won six straight, buy cheap allegra were just another game on the schedule.
“Obviously, buy cheap allegra 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 cheap allegra but we still have things we need to improve on, buy cheap allegra” he said. Buy cheap allegra “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 cheap allegra which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Buy cheap allegra It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
At 2:49 of the first quarter, buy cheap allegra the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, buy cheap allegra Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Buy cheap allegra Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, buy cheap allegra and he was off for the end zone, buy cheap allegra giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Buy cheap allegra “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, buy cheap allegra” he said, buy cheap allegra “and we worked hard on that all week and when the opportunity presented itself and coach (Josh) McDaniels called it at the right time, buy cheap allegra and we were able to take advantage of it.”
“That was well executed, buy cheap allegra” said coach Bill Belichick. Buy cheap allegra “That was great protection, buy cheap allegra great run fake, buy cheap allegra and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. Buy cheap allegra The players did a good job on that.”
Not only was it big for the team, buy cheap allegra but also for Lloyd. Buy cheap allegra A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, buy cheap allegra capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Buy cheap allegra In the first six games of the season he came up with 34.
There were questions about his ability to create separation from defenders, buy cheap allegra and even his ability to mesh with Brady, buy cheap allegra so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Buy cheap allegra Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Buy cheap allegra He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, buy cheap allegra either. Buy cheap allegra “I don’t know how many yards I had.”
As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, buy cheap allegra we’re just executing the plays. Buy cheap allegra I haven’t seen the film, buy cheap allegra but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, buy cheap allegra though, buy cheap allegra and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, buy cheap allegra only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, buy cheap allegra Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.
“I don’t know, buy cheap allegra” he said, buy cheap allegra when asked about that play. Buy cheap allegra “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. Buy cheap allegra Pretty much all I know right now. Buy cheap allegra As long as it puts points on the board. Buy cheap allegra It doesn’t really matter how they come.”
Not too high, buy cheap allegra not too low, buy cheap allegra that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Buy cheap allegra We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Buy cheap allegra “I don’t know. Buy cheap allegra I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, buy cheap allegra” he said.
Mike Fine may be reached at email@example.com.