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