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