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Texans DE Smith 'suspicious' of well-prepared Patriots

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Following a 34-31 loss, Texans defensive end Antonio Smith wondered aloud Sunday how the New England Patriots were so very well prepared for Houston's defensive gameplan.

Smith said the Texans used wrinkles in Sunday's game that were not yet on film.

"Either teams are spying on us or scouting us ... I'm very suspicious," Smith told ESPN. "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 did not present specific examples to support his position.

The Patriots were fined and penalized a draft pick in 2007 when they were found to have videotaped signals of the New York Jets.

It's possible Smith was lashing out in frustration, following Houston's 10th consecutive loss. The Texans are 2-10 and last won a game September 15.

"I can't tell you an example because it's G15 classified," he said. "When you watch film of the team do something a certain way all the time no matter what team they play -- it's been 12 games played and they always did it -- and then all of a sudden it's changed? It was pretty clever and pretty suspicious."
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