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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

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**All lined up**

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

The group was made whole again with the return of Mankins, find discount extreme thyrocin who had missed three consecutive games — and five of six — with ankle and calf injuries. Find discount extreme thyrocin He was back at practice last week, find discount extreme thyrocin in a limited role, find discount extreme thyrocin but was in the starting lineup Monday night, find discount extreme thyrocin relegating Donald Thomas to reserve status.

Another key starter also returned from injury, find discount extreme thyrocin with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, find discount extreme thyrocin back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski missed his third straight game with a broken forearm. Find discount extreme thyrocin The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, find discount extreme thyrocin defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, find discount extreme thyrocin safety Derrick Martin, find discount extreme thyrocin and fullback James Develin, find discount extreme thyrocin who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Find discount extreme thyrocin 28, find discount extreme thyrocin but has yet to play.

**Bolden: Return man**

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, find discount extreme thyrocin 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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Bolden declined interview requests Saturday, find discount extreme thyrocin the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. Find discount extreme thyrocin But he was ready to talk after the game, find discount extreme thyrocin 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. Find discount extreme thyrocin The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

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Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. Find discount extreme thyrocin Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, find discount extreme thyrocin inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, find discount extreme thyrocin but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Find discount extreme thyrocin On the next play, find discount extreme thyrocin Hernandez caught a 7-yard touchdown pass.

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**Handing out Hall passes**

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**Secondary injuries**

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Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Find discount extreme thyrocin Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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