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