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Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 2:24 AM

Houston's Smith questions Patriots after loss

By: Mike Mack

HOUSTON (AP)n
Houston defensive end Antonio Smith questioned how New Englandn
knew what the Texans were going to do on defense after a 34-31 winn
by the Patriots on Sunday.n
Smith told reporters after the game Houston had some newn
wrinkles in its defense this week and it was ''miraculous'' how then
Patriots changed their offense to key on the defense.n
''Either teams are spying on us or scouting us,'' he said. ''In
don't know what it is.''n
The NFL fined New England coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and then
team $250,000 and took away a first-round pick in the 2008 draftn
for videotaping New York Jets signals during a game on Sept. 9,n
2007. Belichick said he thought that was allowed and apologized forn
what he said was a mistake in his interpretation of the rulen
prohibiting it.n
The loss extended Houston's franchise-record skid to 10 games.n
The Texans were up 17-7 at halftime before New England rallied forn
the win.n
''They changed it up in a way to where (there was) indecision inn
calling the defense,'' Smith said of the Patriots. ''It was kind ofn
fishy.''n
The gregarious Smith then started joking and compared himself ton
Nostradamus before continuing.n
''You would have to be a descendant of Tonestradamus (sic) ton
know what we put in this week to be able to change that fast,'' hen
said.n
Despite having the worst record in the AFC, Houston's defensen
entered the game allowing the fewest yards in the NFL.n
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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.orgn

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