Thursday, November 14, 2013

It's ridiculous that the Patriots have been this good for this long

Since the beginning of the 2001 season the New England Patriots are 153-48, head and shoulders above any other NFL team (the Indianapolis Colts are second at 135-67).  That's a winning percentage of 76.1%, which averages out to 12.2 victories (and only 3.8 losses) per year.  This will likely be the 13th consecutive season in which the Pats have had the best record in the AFC East.

And the funny thing is, by the standards we've come to expect, they haven't even been very good this year.  Their offense has missed key players for much of the season (Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola, Shane Vereen), and their defense has lost three of its best guys (Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo, Tommy Kelly) for the year.  Yet somehow New England is still 7-2.  Almost a year to the day I wrote a blog conceding them the division title, and at the time they were only 6-3.  They finished 12-4, and reached the AFC title game.  Will that happen again?  Who knows, but for the 13th season in a row the Patriots are right on their normal pace, doing what they always do.

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