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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, cheap pepcid online but the Patriots were fully aware of the attention given to the Houston Texans and their preference for play-action passes on offense.

So when quarterback Tom Brady perfectly sold a handoff the second time the Patriots had the ball, cheap pepcid online receiver Brandon Lloyd never broke stride, cheap pepcid online blowing past the Texans who bit on the run possibility. Cheap pepcid online He caught Brady’s pass without a defender near him, cheap pepcid online coasting into the end zone and pushing the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 in a game they would win handily, cheap pepcid online 42-14, cheap pepcid online Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

“That was definitely a scheme play, cheap pepcid online” Lloyd said. Cheap pepcid online “We worked hard on that all week, cheap pepcid online and when the opportunity presented itself, cheap pepcid online Coach [Josh] McDaniels called it at the right time and we were able to take advantage of it.”

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, cheap pepcid online catching seven passes for 89 yards, cheap pepcid online his second-highest total of the season.

He scored two touchdowns, cheap pepcid online the second coming on a fumble recovery in the end zone, cheap pepcid online after Danny Woodhead lost the ball on a screen pass. Cheap pepcid online The ball bounced forward, cheap pepcid online with Lloyd diving on it. Cheap pepcid online Not how it’s drawn up, cheap pepcid online but the way the night went.

“Just a screen pass, cheap pepcid online we do our best to block downfield, cheap pepcid online and unfortunately the ball popped out, cheap pepcid online” Lloyd said. Cheap pepcid online “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

Since the start of the season, cheap pepcid online the Patriots’ depth chart on the offensive line read more like a wish list than a realistic starting lineup, cheap pepcid online with an assortment of injuries resulting in five different combinations.

For the first time in a month, cheap pepcid online and just the sixth time this season, cheap pepcid online the Patriots began the game with the five players who are designated by the team as its starters: Nate Solder at left tackle, cheap pepcid online Logan Mankins at left guard, cheap pepcid online Ryan Wendell at center, cheap pepcid online Dan Connolly at right guard, cheap pepcid online and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

The group was made whole again with the return of Mankins, cheap pepcid online who had missed three consecutive games — and five of six — with ankle and calf injuries. Cheap pepcid online He was back at practice last week, cheap pepcid online in a limited role, cheap pepcid online but was in the starting lineup Monday night, cheap pepcid online relegating Donald Thomas to reserve status.

Another key starter also returned from injury, cheap pepcid online with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, cheap pepcid online back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski missed his third straight game with a broken forearm. Cheap pepcid online The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, cheap pepcid online defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, cheap pepcid online safety Derrick Martin, cheap pepcid online and fullback James Develin, cheap pepcid online who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Cheap pepcid online 28, cheap pepcid online but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, cheap pepcid online activating Brandon Bolden to the 53-man roster and making him eligible to play against the Texans after the running back served a four-game suspension.

Bolden, cheap pepcid online a rookie from Mississippi, cheap pepcid online was suspended by the NFL on Nov. Cheap pepcid online 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Cheap pepcid online He hadn’t played since Oct. Cheap pepcid online 14 at Seattle, cheap pepcid online when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. Cheap pepcid online The injury cost him two games, cheap pepcid online then the suspension added four more.

With 234 yards on 43 carries, cheap pepcid online Bolden came into the Texans game with the second-most rushing yards for the Patriots, cheap pepcid online and his 5.4-yard average led the team. Cheap pepcid online Stevan Ridley has been the workhorse since Bolden was forced out, cheap pepcid online gaining 486 yards in the six games Bolden missed.

Bolden declined interview requests Saturday, cheap pepcid online the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. Cheap pepcid online But he was ready to talk after the game, cheap pepcid online in which he played on special teams and got two late carries for 11 yards.

“Felt good, cheap pepcid online” Bolden said. Cheap pepcid online “Missing four weeks, cheap pepcid online you try not to get out of shape, cheap pepcid online you keep yourself active, cheap pepcid online it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

“It was a mistake. Cheap pepcid online Saddened that it happened, cheap pepcid online but the team kept going, cheap pepcid online so just got to keep moving forward, cheap pepcid online” Bolden said. Cheap pepcid online “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, cheap pepcid online make sure I don’t fall too far off.”

Turning their way

Devin McCourty’s end-zone interception on Houston’s second offensive series of the game extended the Patriots’ streak of forcing at least one turnover to 24 games. Cheap pepcid online The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, cheap pepcid online the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, cheap pepcid online one behind the Chicago Bears. Cheap pepcid online Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

“We know we have a good defense here, cheap pepcid online we’ve played really well the last couple of weeks, cheap pepcid online” McCourty said. Cheap pepcid online “The biggest focus for us is just trying to build on that.”

Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. Cheap pepcid online Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, cheap pepcid online inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, cheap pepcid online but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Cheap pepcid online On the next play, cheap pepcid online Hernandez caught a 7-yard touchdown pass.

Early in the fourth quarter, cheap pepcid online Woodhead fumbled after catching a screen pass and being hit from behind by J.J. Cheap pepcid online Watt. Cheap pepcid online The ball flew into the end zone, cheap pepcid online with Lloyd diving on it for an unlikely touchdown.

Handing out Hall passes

If you’re a Patriots fan who’s never been to Canton, cheap pepcid online Ohio, cheap pepcid online and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, cheap pepcid online Canton is coming to you this week. Cheap pepcid online Well, cheap pepcid online at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Cheap pepcid online In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, cheap pepcid online the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, cheap pepcid online Andre Tippett, cheap pepcid online Nick Buoniconti, cheap pepcid online Mike Haynes, cheap pepcid online and Curtis Martin — will be on display at the Hall at Patriot Place.

The weeklong celebration will culminate with Sunday night’s home game against the San Francisco 49ers, cheap pepcid online with Tippett, cheap pepcid online Haynes, cheap pepcid online and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

One downside to the Patriots’ victory was injuries to the defensive secondary. Cheap pepcid online The Patriots announced injuries to Aqib Talib (hip) and Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring). Cheap pepcid online Neither returned to the game after getting injured . Cheap pepcid online . Cheap pepcid online . Cheap pepcid online With Julian Edelman out for the season with a foot injury, cheap pepcid online Wes Welker took over the Patriots’ punt return duties. Cheap pepcid online He returned four for 50 yards, cheap pepcid online with a long of 31 . Cheap pepcid online . Cheap pepcid online . Cheap pepcid online Welker also caught three passes, cheap pepcid online pushing his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a catch to 107 . Cheap pepcid online . Cheap pepcid online . Cheap pepcid online Donte Stallworth made the most of his return to the Patriots. Cheap pepcid online He caught only one pass from Brady, cheap pepcid online but the catch-and-run went for 63 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter, cheap pepcid online making it 28-0. Cheap pepcid online It was a case of practice makes perfect, cheap pepcid online even if the practice had been a while ago. Cheap pepcid online “That particular play is something we had worked on, cheap pepcid online even in the spring, cheap pepcid online’’ he said. Cheap pepcid online “It was just an opportunity where they were kind of flat-footed and it gave me an opportunity to run by the guy and Tommy made a great throw. Cheap pepcid online He put it up for me to catch it and that’s what I did.’’ . Cheap pepcid online . Cheap pepcid online . Cheap pepcid online His team off until Wednesday, cheap pepcid online Celtics coach Doc Rivers was spotted on the sideline observing pregame warmups, cheap pepcid online wearing a Patriots red sweater and chatting up his Patriots counterpart, cheap pepcid online Bill Belichick. Cheap pepcid online Also in on the conversation: Boston sports fan Mark Wahlberg. Cheap pepcid online Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was also at the game, cheap pepcid online wearing a No. Cheap pepcid online 83 Patriots jersey . Cheap pepcid online . Cheap pepcid online . Cheap pepcid online The Patriots extended their December winning streak to 13 games, cheap pepcid online dating to a 22-21 loss at Miami on Dec. Cheap pepcid online 6, cheap pepcid online 2009. Cheap pepcid online It ties the Patriots for the second-longest such streak with the Dallas Cowboys, cheap pepcid online who accomplished the feat from 1968-72. Cheap pepcid online The record belongs to the San Diego Chargers, cheap pepcid online winners of 18 straight from 2006-09. Cheap pepcid online New England also has won 21 straight games in the second half of the regular season. Cheap pepcid online The Patriots went 8-0 in the second half of 2010, cheap pepcid online 8-0 in 2011, cheap pepcid online and have won their first five this season. Cheap pepcid online The last loss from the back half of the schedule came in the regular-season finale in 2009, cheap pepcid online when the Patriots lost at Houston, cheap pepcid online 34-27 … In a pre-game Twitter message, cheap pepcid online self-described Patriots fan Donald Trump posted, cheap pepcid online “Good Luck to Bob Kraft, cheap pepcid online Tom Brady and Coach Bob Belichick tonight.” Needless to say, cheap pepcid online the Donald got plenty of unwanted attention for his fumble . Cheap pepcid online . Cheap pepcid online . Cheap pepcid online Keep an eye out for Jerod Mayo on Tuesday. Cheap pepcid online He’ll be joining Subway spokesman Jared Fogle during multiple appearances around town, cheap pepcid online thanking unassuming fans with a dozen acts of kindness.

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