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Houston Texans' Antonio Smith 'suspicious' of Patriots

The Houston Texans' defense played great in the first half Sunday, holding the New England Patriots to seven points. Their defensive dominance didn't last long; Pats quarterback Tom Brady led his team to 27 points after halftime.

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The collapse by Houston has defensive end Antonio Smith looking for wacky answers.

"Either teams are spying on us or scouting us," Smith told a group of reporters, via ESPN's Tania Ganguli.

Smith's evidence: The Texans introduced some new concepts in their defense this week, and the Patriots (gasp!) adjusted to them. It was the second consecutive comeback win by New England.

"I'm very suspicious," Smith said. "I just think it will be a big coincidence if that just happened by chance. I don't know for sure, but I just know it was something that we practiced this week."

Smith admitted he had no particular proof.

"I'm saying it seemed like it," Smith added. "You can't never be for sure on anything because I ain't over there in their huddle, in their locker room, but it just felt like it."

The comments will get attention because it involves the Patriots and it includes the word spying. Smith's words sound more like an indictment of the Texans' coaching staff. Smith is apparently so unfamiliar with effective mid-game adjustments that he can't understand how the Patriots changed strategy on the fly.

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