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