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