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