By Mike Fine, etoposide The Patriot Ledger

FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, etoposide 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, etoposide including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Etoposide He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Etoposide 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. Etoposide It just wasn’t a big deal.

What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, etoposide he was asked?

“I don’t know, etoposide” he said.

It means you’re pretty good, etoposide he was reminded, etoposide as if he didn't realize the Texans, etoposide who were 11-1 and had also won six straight, etoposide were just another game on the schedule.

“Obviously, etoposide the Texans are a good football team and we did a pretty good job of executing for the first half for the most part, etoposide but we still have things we need to improve on, etoposide” he said. Etoposide “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, etoposide which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Etoposide It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.

At 2:49 of the first quarter, etoposide the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, etoposide Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Etoposide Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, etoposide and he was off for the end zone, etoposide giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Etoposide “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, etoposide” he said, etoposide “and we worked hard on that all week and when the opportunity presented itself and coach (Josh) McDaniels called it at the right time, etoposide and we were able to take advantage of it.”

“That was well executed, etoposide” said coach Bill Belichick. Etoposide “That was great protection, etoposide great run fake, etoposide and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. Etoposide The players did a good job on that.”

Not only was it big for the team, etoposide but also for Lloyd. Etoposide A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, etoposide capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Etoposide In the first six games of the season he came up with 34.

There were questions about his ability to create separation from defenders, etoposide and even his ability to mesh with Brady, etoposide so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Etoposide Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Etoposide He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, etoposide either. Etoposide “I don’t know how many yards I had.”

As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, etoposide we’re just executing the plays. Etoposide I haven’t seen the film, etoposide but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”

Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, etoposide though, etoposide and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, etoposide only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, etoposide Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.

“I don’t know, etoposide” he said, etoposide when asked about that play. Etoposide “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. Etoposide Pretty much all I know right now. Etoposide As long as it puts points on the board. Etoposide It doesn’t really matter how they come.”

Not too high, etoposide not too low, etoposide that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Etoposide We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Etoposide “I don’t know. Etoposide I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, etoposide” he said.

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