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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, order cheap maxalt 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, order cheap maxalt receiver Brandon Lloyd never broke stride, order cheap maxalt blowing past the Texans who bit on the run possibility. Order cheap maxalt He caught Brady’s pass without a defender near him, order cheap maxalt coasting into the end zone and pushing the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 in a game they would win handily, order cheap maxalt 42-14, order cheap maxalt Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

“That was definitely a scheme play, order cheap maxalt” Lloyd said. Order cheap maxalt “We worked hard on that all week, order cheap maxalt and when the opportunity presented itself, order cheap maxalt Coach [Josh] McDaniels called it at the right time and we were able to take advantage of it.”

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, order cheap maxalt catching seven passes for 89 yards, order cheap maxalt his second-highest total of the season.

He scored two touchdowns, order cheap maxalt the second coming on a fumble recovery in the end zone, order cheap maxalt after Danny Woodhead lost the ball on a screen pass. Order cheap maxalt The ball bounced forward, order cheap maxalt with Lloyd diving on it. Order cheap maxalt Not how it’s drawn up, order cheap maxalt but the way the night went.

“Just a screen pass, order cheap maxalt we do our best to block downfield, order cheap maxalt and unfortunately the ball popped out, order cheap maxalt” Lloyd said. Order cheap maxalt “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

Since the start of the season, order cheap maxalt the Patriots’ depth chart on the offensive line read more like a wish list than a realistic starting lineup, order cheap maxalt with an assortment of injuries resulting in five different combinations.

For the first time in a month, order cheap maxalt and just the sixth time this season, order cheap maxalt the Patriots began the game with the five players who are designated by the team as its starters: Nate Solder at left tackle, order cheap maxalt Logan Mankins at left guard, order cheap maxalt Ryan Wendell at center, order cheap maxalt Dan Connolly at right guard, order cheap maxalt and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

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Tight end Rob Gronkowski missed his third straight game with a broken forearm. Order cheap maxalt The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, order cheap maxalt defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, order cheap maxalt safety Derrick Martin, order cheap maxalt and fullback James Develin, order cheap maxalt who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Order cheap maxalt 28, order cheap maxalt but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, order cheap maxalt 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, order cheap maxalt a rookie from Mississippi, order cheap maxalt was suspended by the NFL on Nov. Order cheap maxalt 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Order cheap maxalt He hadn’t played since Oct. Order cheap maxalt 14 at Seattle, order cheap maxalt when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. Order cheap maxalt The injury cost him two games, order cheap maxalt then the suspension added four more.

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Bolden declined interview requests Saturday, order cheap maxalt the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. Order cheap maxalt But he was ready to talk after the game, order cheap maxalt in which he played on special teams and got two late carries for 11 yards.

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As for the suspension?

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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. Order cheap maxalt The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, order cheap maxalt the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, order cheap maxalt one behind the Chicago Bears. Order cheap maxalt Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

“We know we have a good defense here, order cheap maxalt we’ve played really well the last couple of weeks, order cheap maxalt” McCourty said. Order cheap maxalt “The biggest focus for us is just trying to build on that.”

Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. Order cheap maxalt Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, order cheap maxalt inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, order cheap maxalt but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Order cheap maxalt On the next play, order cheap maxalt Hernandez caught a 7-yard touchdown pass.

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Handing out Hall passes

If you’re a Patriots fan who’s never been to Canton, order cheap maxalt Ohio, order cheap maxalt and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, order cheap maxalt Canton is coming to you this week. Order cheap maxalt Well, order cheap maxalt at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Order cheap maxalt In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, order cheap maxalt the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, order cheap maxalt Andre Tippett, order cheap maxalt Nick Buoniconti, order cheap maxalt Mike Haynes, order cheap maxalt 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, order cheap maxalt with Tippett, order cheap maxalt Haynes, order cheap maxalt and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Order cheap maxalt Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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