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Patriots Quietly Sneaking Up On Teams

Vince WIlfork

Randy Moss is gone, Fred Taylor has been out for weeks and the defense ranks in the bottom 10% of the league, yet the Patriots keep winning. New England has quietly moved into a first place tie in the AFC. Do they have what it takes to stay there?

Though some of the team's statistics don't yet show defined growth, New England's defense has made significant strides in recent weeks. The young, developing defense has been a big factor in each of the Patriots last two victories -- over the Chargers and Ravens -- as part of the team's overall four-game winning streak. Sunday in San Diego that included four first-half takeaways that not...

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