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Houston DE Smith makes veiled accusations of spying after Texans lose to Patriots

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    New England Patriots' Tom Brady, right, looks to pass as he is pressured by Houston Texans' Antonio Smith (94) during the third quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (The Associated Press)

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    New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, center, talks to officials before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (The Associated Press)

Houston defensive end Antonio Smith questioned how New England knew what the Texans were going to do on defense after a 34-31 win by the Patriots on Sunday.

Smith told reporters after the game Houston had some new wrinkles in its defense this week and it was "miraculous" how the Patriots changed their offense to key on the defense.

He says: "Either teams are spying on us or scouting us. I don't know what it is."

The NFL fined New England coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000 and took away a first-round pick in the 2008 draft for videotaping New York Jets signals during a game on Sept. 9, 2007. Belichick said he thought that was allowed and apologized for what he said was a mistake in his interpretation of the rule prohibiting it.

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