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By Mike Fine, cafergot in canada The Patriot Ledger
FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, cafergot in canada 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, cafergot in canada including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Cafergot in canada He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Cafergot in canada 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. Cafergot in canada It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, cafergot in canada he was asked?
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Lloyd was obviously practicing the Patriots’ way of saying something but saying nothing, cafergot in canada which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Cafergot in canada It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
At 2:49 of the first quarter, cafergot in canada the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, cafergot in canada Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Cafergot in canada Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, cafergot in canada and he was off for the end zone, cafergot in canada giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Cafergot in canada “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, cafergot in canada” he said, cafergot in canada “and we worked hard on that all week and when the opportunity presented itself and coach (Josh) McDaniels called it at the right time, cafergot in canada and we were able to take advantage of it.”
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Not only was it big for the team, cafergot in canada but also for Lloyd. Cafergot in canada A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, cafergot in canada capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Cafergot in canada In the first six games of the season he came up with 34.
There were questions about his ability to create separation from defenders, cafergot in canada and even his ability to mesh with Brady, cafergot in canada so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Cafergot in canada Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Cafergot in canada He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, cafergot in canada either. Cafergot in canada “I don’t know how many yards I had.”
As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, cafergot in canada we’re just executing the plays. Cafergot in canada I haven’t seen the film, cafergot in canada but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
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Not too high, cafergot in canada not too low, cafergot in canada that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Cafergot in canada We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Cafergot in canada “I don’t know. Cafergot in canada I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, cafergot in canada” he said.
Mike Fine may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.