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