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FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, buy emsam 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 emsam including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Buy emsam He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Buy emsam 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 emsam It just wasn’t a big deal.

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“Obviously, buy emsam 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 emsam but we still have things we need to improve on, buy emsam” he said. Buy emsam “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 emsam which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Buy emsam It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.

At 2:49 of the first quarter, buy emsam the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, buy emsam Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Buy emsam Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, buy emsam and he was off for the end zone, buy emsam giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Buy emsam “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, buy emsam” he said, buy emsam “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 emsam and we were able to take advantage of it.”

“That was well executed, buy emsam” said coach Bill Belichick. Buy emsam “That was great protection, buy emsam great run fake, buy emsam and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. Buy emsam The players did a good job on that.”

Not only was it big for the team, buy emsam but also for Lloyd. Buy emsam A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, buy emsam capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Buy emsam In the first six games of the season he came up with 34.

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

Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, buy emsam though, buy emsam and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, buy emsam only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, buy emsam Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.

“I don’t know, buy emsam” he said, buy emsam when asked about that play. Buy emsam “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. Buy emsam Pretty much all I know right now. Buy emsam As long as it puts points on the board. Buy emsam It doesn’t really matter how they come.”

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

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