On Saturday the NE Patriots beat a Buffalo team that despite almost being shut down in the 1st quarter held a lead going into the 4th to clinch their 11th straight AFC East title.
When you’ve got a a guy who has won 6 superbowls a division title might not seem to mean much so to give you some perspective consider the following
The last time the Patriots did not win their division George W Bush was president and Tom Brady was injured and out for the year.
Not counting Tom Brady there are four Patriots with 10 years experience who have played their entire careers in Foxborough Devan McCordy (10 years) , Matthew Slater (12 years), Julian Edlman (11 years) and kicker Stephen Gostkowski (14 years) of those only Gostkowski and Slater have played on a Patriots team that has not won the AFC East and that was the year Tom Brady was injured in game one and out for the season.
Not counting Tom Brady Ben Watson is the player on the Patriots with the most NFL experience playing in his 16th NFL season. He started with the Pats from 2004-2009 and then going to the Browns, Saints, Ravens and Saints again before returning to the Patriots this year. Other than the year that Brady was hurt in game one he has never played in an NFL season that the New England Patriots have not won the AFC East.
Question: What to Josh McCown (QB Eagles) , Drew Brees (QB Saints) , Matt Bryant (K Falcons) and Adam Vinatari (K-Colts) have in common with Tom Brady?
Answer: They are the only active players in the NFL to play during a season where Tom Brady as the Patriots starter did NOT win the AFC East (2002).
The last time Tom Brady failed to win an AFC East title for the Patriots Spiderman staring Tobey Maguire was the #1 movie in the country, the 1st Harry Potter movie was released, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy was not yet complete How you Remind me was the #1 song of the year and Michael Jordan was still playing in the NBA.
Tom Brady has won more division titles as a player than the following franchises have won in their history.
- Buffalo Bills
- New York Jets
- Miami Dolphins
- Baltimore Ravens
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Houston Texans
- Tennessee Titans\
- Indianapolis Colts
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Oakland Raiders
- Denver Broncos
- Los Angeles Chargers
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Washington Redskins
- Detroit Lions
- New Orleans Saints
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Atlanta Falcons
- Carolina Panthers
- Seattle Sea-hawks
- Arizona Cardinals
There is likely no current college football player who has a living memory of an uninjured Tom Brady failing to win an AFC East Title
Tom Brady has won more division titles than the University of Alabama since division titles were introduced in 1992.
In this year’s postseason people are thinking that Lamar Jackson is the man to beat in the East with Patrick Mahomes and Deshawn Watson behind him. All three have beaten Tom Brady’s Patriots this season.
But if when the dust settles in the AFC, if Russell Wilson, Jimmy G. Drew Brees or Aaron Rogers or whoever comes out of the west finds that their path to Superbowl Glory runs through Tom Brady, while there will be a lot of people upset and disappointed, not a single one will be surprised.