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