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