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“Seventy yards in 3 1/2 quarters is ridiculously good defense,” coach Pete Carroll said after his Seahawks won their sixth straight and snapped Washington’s seven-game winning streak.

Texans at Patriots

Both teams say the Monday night romp by New England on Dec. 10 is not an indicator of what’s ahead. For their sake, the Texans better hope that is true.

“We didn’t play our best football up there and we hurt ourselves with penalties and mistakes,” said Foster, who rushed for 140 yards and a TD against the Bengals (10-7). “Anytime you give (the Patriots) opportunities, they’ll take advantage of them. But we’ll play our best up there.”

They have no choice, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick fully expects a tighter game.

“When you play a team twice during the season, the games are totally different. They never go the same way,” Belichick said. “We’ll be able to certainly look at some of the matchups individually, guys that faced each (other) in the game. As far as plays and calls and things like that matching up, I’m sure they’ll have some new wrinkles. I’m sure we’ll have some, too. It will be totally different.”


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