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