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Patriots Determined To Stop The Run

Saints RB, Antowain Smith

The New England Patriots have had their share of injuries, but so have the New Orleans Saints. They have lost arguably one of the best running backs in the league in Deuce McAllister. Filling in for McAllister is a former Patriot Antowain Smith Smith knows he has to perform, and isn't bashful about his opportunity against the Pats porous rush defense. The Patriots know they need to stop the Saints ground attack if they want to win, and it all starts with stopping Smith.

Antowain Smith's tough late-season running helped the Patriots win the first two of their three Super Bowl crowns. Now he's on the opposite side and is expecting a rude homecoming Sunday when his New Orleans Saints visit Gillette Stadium."I have some great friends up there," Smith said this week on a conference call with the New England media. "It is going to be fun. (But) I know the defense is...

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