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Pats’ Almost Certain 14th “Div” Title in 16 Seasons Nowhere Near The Yankees “Same #’s” For A.L. Pennants, But Quite Imressive

December 6, 2016

It is not on a par with with the New York Yankees winning 14 American League Pennants in 16 seasons from (1949-1964), in fact it is not close, however, the New England Patriots’ almost certain 14th AFC East crown in 16 seasons (2001-2016), is quite a feat!

“N.E.” raised their record to (10-2) with a (26-10) win vs the L.A. Rams, covering the 13 plus point spread.

One recalls the Pats’ first division title season of these 14, ending with a big upset win in the Super Bowl vs a powerhouse St. Louis Rams team, that was nearly as big a favorite as the Pats were two days ago.

New England has a 3 game lead over Miami (Dolphins) with 4 games remaining for each team. It is almost certain the Pats will have a division title in 14 of the 15 seasons in which Tom Brady played more than one game.

Brady, coach Bill Belichick and Company almost certainly will host a slots/divisional round game for an incredible 11th time in 16 seasons and 14 playoff appearances.

 

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You can see on Bill Belichick’s typical game day outfit, the Patriots, then the Boston Patriots were established in 1960. They have come a long way and have won 4 Super Bowl titles.

They were an original AFL team, one of eight. As late as 1997, before the Denver Broncos another original AFL team (in fact they met the Pats in the first regular season AFL game ever played), won the first of what is now 3 Super Bowl wins, only the Oakland Raiders among the 8 original AFL teams had won a post AFC/NFC format (begun in 1970) Supe crown.

For the record, the Pats (4) and Broncos and Raiders (3 each) are still the only original 8 AFL teams with a post common schedule AFC/NFC set up Supe win.

Both the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, neither with as much as a Supe appearance since, won Supes in big upsets in the last two AFL seasons, that helped “justify” the NFL/AFL merger.

The Buffalo Bills (0-4), Houston Oilers as their current incarnation, Tennessee Titans (0-1) and San Diego Chargers, the L.A. Chargers in that first AFL season in 1960, also (0-1) have never won a Supe crown.

AFL expansion teams, Miami (Dolphins) and Cincinnati (Bengals) have respectively won 2 Supes and lost 2 such games. The ‘Phins, sans a title since 1973 have also lost 3 Super Bowl games, all 5 appearances under coach Don Shula.

 

 

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