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Fred Jackson: Unfair to call Patriots cheaters

PHOENIX -- Fred Jackson is sick of the New England Patriots and their winning ways.

The Buffalo Bills running back won't call them cheaters, though.

"No," Jackson said Wednesday at the Super Bowl media center. "If you look at how they've been playing on offense and defense, they're not cheating to win games.

"They're talented enough to go out and beat anybody."

The last time the Patriots played a Super Bowl in Arizona, they were engulfed by the video-taping scandal that cost them a first-round draft choice and coach Bill Belichick $500,000.

Now the Patriots are under fire for under-deflated footballs, so much so that the story is leading national newscasts.

The Bills' 15-year playoff slump has coincided with the Patriots era of dominance.

In a sport where the little things can make the difference between victory or defeat, and enough of those breaks can add up to a playoff berth or watching on TV come January, the Patriots' controversies might eat at a division rival.

"You'd drive yourself crazy if you concern yourself with what they're doing," Jackson said. "You let the league do their thing and get it all taken care of.

"We just have to focus on beating them handily on the field so it doesn't come down to things like footballs being inflated to the proper pressure. Let's put up enough points so that it doesn't matter."

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