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Week after week, the spotlight seems to go everywhere except the New England Patriots.
Last week, the spotlight focused on the questions about Brett Favre, whom the Patriots managed to beat.
This week, it shined back on Randy Moss, whom the Patriots traded for a third-round pick before he could implode again.
But at some point, New England must be cited for what it has done. As impressive as the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers have been this season in overcoming adversity, no NFL team has done a better job of winning despite losing players.
New England Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins stayed away from the team until this week in a contract dispute, and the Patriots still have allowed only 12 sacks.
New England's top defensive end, Ty Warren, suffered a season-ending hip injury in training camp, but the Patriots still have not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season.
New England's top cornerback, Leigh Bodden, suffered a season-ending shoulder injury before the season kicked off, and the Patriots still have nine interceptions.
New England's third-down specialist, Kevin Faulk, suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second game; Moss was traded after the fourth game; and Mankins' potential replacement, Nick Kaczur, was lost to a season-ending back injury. But nothing has slowed New England. Good teams like the Patriots don't stress the importance of a single player. They stress the importance of a unit.
Indianapolis is winning without safeties Bob Sanders and Melvin Bullitt as well as tight end Dallas Clark. Green Bay is winning without running back Ryan Grant, linebacker Nick Barnett, tight end Jermichael Finley and defensive backs Al Harris, Atari Bigby and Morgan Burnett.
But at this point in the season, no team has won as often as the Patriots (6-1). New England doesn't have some of its best players, but it has football's best record.