Monday, November 16, 2015

Patriots set scoring record, clinch 15th-straight winning season

As the injuries began to pile up two weeks ago, I remember thinking that the Patriots were still unstoppable because of four players.  Now half of them, Dion Lewis and Julian Edelman, are out (Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski being the other half, although my list probably should've included Stephen Gostkowski as well--who's got about a million individual records of his own going).  But rather than worry about that, here are some more stats of their unprecedented greatness:

By going 9-0, the Pats are now guaranteed to finish the season with a winning record.  Dating back to the franchise's first Super Bowl campaign of 2001, New England has won more games than it's lost every year for 15 consecutive seasons.  They're the only team in the NFL to accomplish that feat in that time.  Only one other club, the Colts, has even posted winning records in 12 of the last 15 years.  After that, four teams have 10.  The Patriots' 15-season run is tied for the fourth-longest such streak in NFL history.

New England also broke an all-time NFL record yesterday:

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