By Mike Fine, colchicine houde The Patriot Ledger
FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, colchicine houde 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, colchicine houde including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Colchicine houde He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Colchicine houde 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. Colchicine houde It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, colchicine houde he was asked?
“I don’t know, colchicine houde” he said.
It means you’re pretty good, colchicine houde he was reminded, colchicine houde as if he didn't realize the Texans, colchicine houde who were 11-1 and had also won six straight, colchicine houde were just another game on the schedule.
“Obviously, colchicine houde the Texans are a good football team and we did a pretty good job of executing for the first half for the most part, colchicine houde but we still have things we need to improve on, colchicine houde” he said. Colchicine houde “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, colchicine houde which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Colchicine houde It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
At 2:49 of the first quarter, colchicine houde the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, colchicine houde Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Colchicine houde Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, colchicine houde and he was off for the end zone, colchicine houde giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Colchicine houde “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, colchicine houde” he said, colchicine houde “and we worked hard on that all week and when the opportunity presented itself and coach (Josh) McDaniels called it at the right time, colchicine houde and we were able to take advantage of it.”
“That was well executed, colchicine houde” said coach Bill Belichick. Colchicine houde “That was great protection, colchicine houde great run fake, colchicine houde and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. Colchicine houde The players did a good job on that.”
Not only was it big for the team, colchicine houde but also for Lloyd. Colchicine houde A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, colchicine houde capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Colchicine houde In the first six games of the season he came up with 34.
There were questions about his ability to create separation from defenders, colchicine houde and even his ability to mesh with Brady, colchicine houde so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Colchicine houde Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Colchicine houde He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, colchicine houde either. Colchicine houde “I don’t know how many yards I had.”
As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, colchicine houde we’re just executing the plays. Colchicine houde I haven’t seen the film, colchicine houde but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, colchicine houde though, colchicine houde and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, colchicine houde only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, colchicine houde Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.
“I don’t know, colchicine houde” he said, colchicine houde when asked about that play. Colchicine houde “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. Colchicine houde Pretty much all I know right now. Colchicine houde As long as it puts points on the board. Colchicine houde It doesn’t really matter how they come.”
Not too high, colchicine houde not too low, colchicine houde that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Colchicine houde We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Colchicine houde “I don’t know. Colchicine houde I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, colchicine houde” he said.
Mike Fine may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.