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