By Mike Fine, find cefixime The Patriot Ledger
FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, find cefixime 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, find cefixime including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Find cefixime He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Find cefixime 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. Find cefixime It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, find cefixime he was asked?
“I don’t know, find cefixime” he said.
It means you’re pretty good, find cefixime he was reminded, find cefixime as if he didn't realize the Texans, find cefixime who were 11-1 and had also won six straight, find cefixime were just another game on the schedule.
“Obviously, find cefixime the Texans are a good football team and we did a pretty good job of executing for the first half for the most part, find cefixime but we still have things we need to improve on, find cefixime” he said. Find cefixime “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, find cefixime which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Find cefixime It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
At 2:49 of the first quarter, find cefixime the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, find cefixime Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Find cefixime Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, find cefixime and he was off for the end zone, find cefixime giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Find cefixime “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, find cefixime” he said, find cefixime “and we worked hard on that all week and when the opportunity presented itself and coach (Josh) McDaniels called it at the right time, find cefixime and we were able to take advantage of it.”
“That was well executed, find cefixime” said coach Bill Belichick. Find cefixime “That was great protection, find cefixime great run fake, find cefixime and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. Find cefixime The players did a good job on that.”
Not only was it big for the team, find cefixime but also for Lloyd. Find cefixime A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, find cefixime capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Find cefixime In the first six games of the season he came up with 34.
There were questions about his ability to create separation from defenders, find cefixime and even his ability to mesh with Brady, find cefixime so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Find cefixime Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Find cefixime He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, find cefixime either. Find cefixime “I don’t know how many yards I had.”
As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, find cefixime we’re just executing the plays. Find cefixime I haven’t seen the film, find cefixime but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, find cefixime though, find cefixime and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, find cefixime only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, find cefixime Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.
“I don’t know, find cefixime” he said, find cefixime when asked about that play. Find cefixime “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. Find cefixime Pretty much all I know right now. Find cefixime As long as it puts points on the board. Find cefixime It doesn’t really matter how they come.”
Not too high, find cefixime not too low, find cefixime that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Find cefixime We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Find cefixime “I don’t know. Find cefixime I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, find cefixime” he said.
Mike Fine may be reached at email@example.com.