|This 2014 pic is too good not to bring back.|
Back in 2000, the year before Tom Brady took over (and the first under Bill Belichick), New England went 5-11. In each of the 15 seasons since, the Patriots have had the best record in the AFC East. They're also the only team in the league to post a winning record every year in that time. This will be the Pats' 13th division title in those 15 seasons.
In the the two years New England wasn't division champs, it still tied for first place:
- 2002, 9-7, three-way tie with Jets and Dolphins
- 2008, 11-5, tied with Miami (the Matt Cassel season in which the Patriots became the first 11-5 team ever not to make the playoffs)
A decade-and-a-half of AFC East dominance.
Here are the previous versions of this post, which has become an annual thing on LucidSportsFan.com: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011