Patriots are 7-2, but how?

As this team continues to evolve, it's still tough to fully believe in it

Updated: November 5, 2013, 4:14 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

The bye week is a good time to step back and assess where the New England Patriots have been, and where they might be heading.

How is this team 7-2? As quarterback Tom Brady recently said when asked a similar question by WEEI's Gerry Callahan, "That's a very good question."

It hasn't always looked great, but I'd say the combination of depth players rising up and meeting the challenge of expanded roles, coupled with the Patriots acing the critical situations that often ...

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