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FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, find karela cod 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 karela cod including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Find karela cod He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Find karela cod 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 karela cod It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, find karela cod he was asked?
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Lloyd was obviously practicing the Patriots’ way of saying something but saying nothing, find karela cod which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Find karela cod It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
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As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, find karela cod we’re just executing the plays. Find karela cod I haven’t seen the film, find karela cod but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
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Not too high, find karela cod not too low, find karela cod that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Find karela cod We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Find karela cod “I don’t know. Find karela cod I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, find karela cod” he said.
Mike Fine may be reached at email@example.com.