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