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