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Tom Brady: Nothing suspicious, we were just better

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Tom Brady has told Houston Texans lineman Antonio Smith to get thoughts of "suspicious" offensive adjustment and "spying" out of his mind.

Speaking to WEEI sports radio in Boston, the New England Patriots QB responded to comments from Smith where he questioned the coincidence of the adjustments made by Bill Belichick's team in the second half of the 34-31 victory on Saturday at Reliant Stadium.

It was the Pats' second successive second half comeback victory after they overturned a deficit of 24 points in the third and fourth quarters to claim victory in overtime against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos last week.

Houston limited Brady and his offense to only seven points in the first half, which Smith claimed was down to new defensive concepts introduced by them only this week, but the second half was a different story and New England scored 27 points after making some adjustments at the break.

Brady wasn't interested in anything Smith was suggesting and said the reason the Patriots scored on their first five drives in the second half was because they upped their level and played better.

"You know, truthfully, we just played a little bit better in the second half," he said.

"We've kind of been through a lot of this before. I don't really think much of it, truthfully. I just kind of have moved on.

"I've already started work on the Cleveland Browns [the Patriots' Week 14 opponent], trying to find a way to play those guys better and get off to a better start.

"If you have like a bad first drive, you don't really come over to the sideline and go, 'All right guys, we've gotta change everything. Let's scrap all the crap we've been practicing all week and just start making stuff up on the fly.

"But I think by halftime you have really a good enough sample size to figure out how the game is being played, the things, the matchups that go in our favor, the matchups that don't go in our favor.

"Maybe there's some new things that they've done that we've got to adjust to, but ultimately, after halftime you get a chance to evaluate and say, 'Well, how did that half play out?'"

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