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