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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, discount metoclopramide 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, discount metoclopramide receiver Brandon Lloyd never broke stride, discount metoclopramide blowing past the Texans who bit on the run possibility. Discount metoclopramide He caught Brady’s pass without a defender near him, discount metoclopramide coasting into the end zone and pushing the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 in a game they would win handily, discount metoclopramide 42-14, discount metoclopramide Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, discount metoclopramide 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.

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

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

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As for the suspension?

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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. Discount metoclopramide The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, discount metoclopramide the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, discount metoclopramide one behind the Chicago Bears. Discount metoclopramide Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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Handing out Hall passes

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Secondary injuries

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