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