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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff
FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, liponexol in us 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, liponexol in us receiver Brandon Lloyd never broke stride, liponexol in us blowing past the Texans who bit on the run possibility. Liponexol in us He caught Brady’s pass without a defender near him, liponexol in us coasting into the end zone and pushing the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 in a game they would win handily, liponexol in us 42-14, liponexol in us Monday night at Gillette Stadium.
“That was definitely a scheme play, liponexol in us” Lloyd said. Liponexol in us “We worked hard on that all week, liponexol in us and when the opportunity presented itself, liponexol in us Coach [Josh] McDaniels called it at the right time and we were able to take advantage of it.”
Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, liponexol in us catching seven passes for 89 yards, liponexol in us his second-highest total of the season.
He scored two touchdowns, liponexol in us the second coming on a fumble recovery in the end zone, liponexol in us after Danny Woodhead lost the ball on a screen pass. Liponexol in us The ball bounced forward, liponexol in us with Lloyd diving on it. Liponexol in us Not how it’s drawn up, liponexol in us but the way the night went.
“Just a screen pass, liponexol in us we do our best to block downfield, liponexol in us and unfortunately the ball popped out, liponexol in us” Lloyd said. Liponexol in us “But we were there to make the play.”
All lined up
Since the start of the season, liponexol in us the Patriots’ depth chart on the offensive line read more like a wish list than a realistic starting lineup, liponexol in us with an assortment of injuries resulting in five different combinations.
For the first time in a month, liponexol in us and just the sixth time this season, liponexol in us the Patriots began the game with the five players who are designated by the team as its starters: Nate Solder at left tackle, liponexol in us Logan Mankins at left guard, liponexol in us Ryan Wendell at center, liponexol in us Dan Connolly at right guard, liponexol in us and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.
The group was made whole again with the return of Mankins, liponexol in us who had missed three consecutive games — and five of six — with ankle and calf injuries. Liponexol in us He was back at practice last week, liponexol in us in a limited role, liponexol in us but was in the starting lineup Monday night, liponexol in us relegating Donald Thomas to reserve status.
Another key starter also returned from injury, liponexol in us with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, liponexol in us back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski missed his third straight game with a broken forearm. Liponexol in us The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, liponexol in us defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, liponexol in us safety Derrick Martin, liponexol in us and fullback James Develin, liponexol in us who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Liponexol in us 28, liponexol in us but has yet to play.
Bolden: Return man
The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, liponexol in us 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.
Bolden, liponexol in us a rookie from Mississippi, liponexol in us was suspended by the NFL on Nov. Liponexol in us 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Liponexol in us He hadn’t played since Oct. Liponexol in us 14 at Seattle, liponexol in us when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. Liponexol in us The injury cost him two games, liponexol in us then the suspension added four more.
With 234 yards on 43 carries, liponexol in us Bolden came into the Texans game with the second-most rushing yards for the Patriots, liponexol in us and his 5.4-yard average led the team. Liponexol in us Stevan Ridley has been the workhorse since Bolden was forced out, liponexol in us gaining 486 yards in the six games Bolden missed.
Bolden declined interview requests Saturday, liponexol in us the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. Liponexol in us But he was ready to talk after the game, liponexol in us in which he played on special teams and got two late carries for 11 yards.
“Felt good, liponexol in us” Bolden said. Liponexol in us “Missing four weeks, liponexol in us you try not to get out of shape, liponexol in us you keep yourself active, liponexol in us it felt good getting out there for the first time.”
As for the suspension?
“It was a mistake. Liponexol in us Saddened that it happened, liponexol in us but the team kept going, liponexol in us so just got to keep moving forward, liponexol in us” Bolden said. Liponexol in us “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, liponexol in us make sure I don’t fall too far off.”
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. Liponexol in us The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.
With the interception, liponexol in us the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, liponexol in us one behind the Chicago Bears. Liponexol in us Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.
“We know we have a good defense here, liponexol in us we’ve played really well the last couple of weeks, liponexol in us” McCourty said. Liponexol in us “The biggest focus for us is just trying to build on that.”
Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. Liponexol in us Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, liponexol in us inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, liponexol in us but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Liponexol in us On the next play, liponexol in us Hernandez caught a 7-yard touchdown pass.
Early in the fourth quarter, liponexol in us Woodhead fumbled after catching a screen pass and being hit from behind by J.J. Liponexol in us Watt. Liponexol in us The ball flew into the end zone, liponexol in us with Lloyd diving on it for an unlikely touchdown.
Handing out Hall passes
If you’re a Patriots fan who’s never been to Canton, liponexol in us Ohio, liponexol in us and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, liponexol in us Canton is coming to you this week. Liponexol in us Well, liponexol in us at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Liponexol in us In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, liponexol in us the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, liponexol in us Andre Tippett, liponexol in us Nick Buoniconti, liponexol in us Mike Haynes, liponexol in us and Curtis Martin — will be on display at the Hall at Patriot Place.
The weeklong celebration will culminate with Sunday night’s home game against the San Francisco 49ers, liponexol in us with Tippett, liponexol in us Haynes, liponexol in us and Martin serving as honorary captains.
One downside to the Patriots’ victory was injuries to the defensive secondary. Liponexol in us The Patriots announced injuries to Aqib Talib (hip) and Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring). Liponexol in us Neither returned to the game after getting injured . Liponexol in us . Liponexol in us . Liponexol in us With Julian Edelman out for the season with a foot injury, liponexol in us Wes Welker took over the Patriots’ punt return duties. Liponexol in us He returned four for 50 yards, liponexol in us with a long of 31 . Liponexol in us . Liponexol in us . Liponexol in us Welker also caught three passes, liponexol in us pushing his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a catch to 107 . Liponexol in us . Liponexol in us . Liponexol in us Donte Stallworth made the most of his return to the Patriots. Liponexol in us He caught only one pass from Brady, liponexol in us but the catch-and-run went for 63 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter, liponexol in us making it 28-0. Liponexol in us It was a case of practice makes perfect, liponexol in us even if the practice had been a while ago. Liponexol in us “That particular play is something we had worked on, liponexol in us even in the spring, liponexol in us’’ he said. Liponexol in us “It was just an opportunity where they were kind of flat-footed and it gave me an opportunity to run by the guy and Tommy made a great throw. Liponexol in us He put it up for me to catch it and that’s what I did.’’ . Liponexol in us . Liponexol in us . Liponexol in us His team off until Wednesday, liponexol in us Celtics coach Doc Rivers was spotted on the sideline observing pregame warmups, liponexol in us wearing a Patriots red sweater and chatting up his Patriots counterpart, liponexol in us Bill Belichick. Liponexol in us Also in on the conversation: Boston sports fan Mark Wahlberg. Liponexol in us Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was also at the game, liponexol in us wearing a No. Liponexol in us 83 Patriots jersey . Liponexol in us . Liponexol in us . Liponexol in us The Patriots extended their December winning streak to 13 games, liponexol in us dating to a 22-21 loss at Miami on Dec. Liponexol in us 6, liponexol in us 2009. Liponexol in us It ties the Patriots for the second-longest such streak with the Dallas Cowboys, liponexol in us who accomplished the feat from 1968-72. Liponexol in us The record belongs to the San Diego Chargers, liponexol in us winners of 18 straight from 2006-09. Liponexol in us New England also has won 21 straight games in the second half of the regular season. Liponexol in us The Patriots went 8-0 in the second half of 2010, liponexol in us 8-0 in 2011, liponexol in us and have won their first five this season. Liponexol in us The last loss from the back half of the schedule came in the regular-season finale in 2009, liponexol in us when the Patriots lost at Houston, liponexol in us 34-27 … In a pre-game Twitter message, liponexol in us self-described Patriots fan Donald Trump posted, liponexol in us “Good Luck to Bob Kraft, liponexol in us Tom Brady and Coach Bob Belichick tonight.” Needless to say, liponexol in us the Donald got plenty of unwanted attention for his fumble . Liponexol in us . Liponexol in us . Liponexol in us Keep an eye out for Jerod Mayo on Tuesday. Liponexol in us He’ll be joining Subway spokesman Jared Fogle during multiple appearances around town, liponexol in us thanking unassuming fans with a dozen acts of kindness.
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