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