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Texans defense healthier for rematch with Patriots

Updated: January 11, 2013, 3:11 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The first time Houston faced the Patriots, top cornerback Johnathan Joseph played while still struggling to get healthy, and outside linebacker Brooks Reed sat out with an injury.

That game turned into an embarrassing 42-14 loss to New England. Now both are back to full strength, and the Texans believe that makes their defense much stronger this time around.

"Right now, I can probably say this is the best I've felt all year," Joseph said.

He was slowed by a hamstring ...

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