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