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