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How can the Patriots be under the radar?

Strange as it may sound, ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer thinks people aren't paying enough attention to the New England Patriots as an elite team.

The most successful franchise of the past decade is 5-1, but Dilfer notes most of the attention is being paid to the New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens.

Dilfer likes what he sees from the Patriots with Tom Brady at quarterback and Bill Belichick grooming a young defense.

"The one thing the Patriots do, their mentality is to get better each week, and that's the biggest thing that strikes me," Dilfer said. "This defense is not great, but it's a heck of a lot better than it was seven weeks ago.

"And if they continue to grow, not just as a defense but as a football team, we might be talking about the New England Patriots being the most dominant team in the league come Week 17 and into the playoffs."