Patriots win 10th straight AFC East title

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It wasn’t a very impressive performance.

But it remains an incredible result.

The Patriots beat the Bills 24-12 in a lackluster game that didn’t really answer any of the recent questions about their play.

But it did clinch the AFC East division title for them, again. That’s the 10th straight time that’s happened, and the 16th time in the 18 years of the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era.

That has as much to do with the relative incompetence of their neighbors, but it’s still an amazing run of dominance in a sport which has been genetically designed to push everyone to the middle.

And as long as Brady and Belichick are there, teams will still be wary of them in the playoffs. But the Patriots (10-5) have looked less-than-stellar during a two-game losing streak, and they have major questions about how they’ll move the ball in the postseason.

Losing Josh Gordon to another suspension last week didn’t help, but wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson left Sunday’s game with a knee injury, adding another layer to the issue. Their passing game is basically Julian Edelman and cross-your-fingers-and-hope-Rob-Gronkowski-stays-well, as Brady was 13-of-24 for 126 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

They ran well enough to cover for that lack of normal Brady, with 273 yards on the ground.

The Bills (5-10) made it interesting for some people late, but barely.

83 responses to “Patriots win 10th straight AFC East title

  1. Tee hee 🙂 Patriot Hater got powned again. 🙂

    You’re nothing compared to US and don’t you EVER forget it.

    Tee hee.

    🙂

  2. All hail the 2018 AFC East Champions!

    All hail the Patriots.

    All hail the king.

    Bow down to US. We own you.

    🙂

  3. When you play in the AFLeast its not a real big deal ….except for the fanboys. Everyone else knows they play the East Roxbury CYO teams six times a year….nothing to brag about.

  4. They. Play No. One. In their Division. And haven’t for years. Incredible is the (usually, but not this year) AFC North. AFC West. Heck even the AFC South to a lesser degree. Beating up on lesser teams does not make “incredible.”

  5. That was the QB the Bills fans have been all over the boards bragging about? Good god the WR excuse is dead wrong the Pats dropped into zone and watched him miss wide open receivers all day. Kid is a bust.

  6. I Am So Proud to be A Patriot. 10 AFCE Championships is just an amazing display of dominance. To parlay that into 5 World Titles is an even greater testament to the Best Franchise in Modern Sports History

  7. objectivefbfan says:
    December 23, 2018 at 4:10 pm
    They. Play No. One. In their Division. And haven’t for years. Incredible is the (usually, but not this year) AFC North. AFC West. Heck even the AFC South to a lesser degree. Beating up on lesser teams does not make “incredible

    They also beat
    The chiefs
    Texans
    Colts
    Minnesota
    Bears

    All teams with a winning record and potential playoff teams

    What’s your lame excuse for that.

  8. Showing once again how weak the AFC East is again. Six games a year against the Dolphins, Bills and Jets for 10 years. No wonder the Pats get home field advantage so many years.

  9. Nofoolnodrool says:
    December 23, 2018 at 4:08 pm
    When you play in the AFLeast its not a real big deal ….except for the fanboys. Everyone else knows they play the East Roxbury CYO teams six times a year….nothing to brag about.
    ____________________
    Since 2002, the AFC East has the highest winning percentage in the NFL. NE’s winning percentage is higher outside the the AFCE than it is against the AFCE. NE also has the higher winning percentage against ANY division than any team within that division.

  10. objectivefbfan says:
    December 23, 2018 at 4:10 pm
    They. Play No. One. In their Division. And haven’t for years. Incredible is the (usually, but not this year) AFC North. AFC West. Heck even the AFC South to a lesser degree
    ——————————-

    If objectivefbfan had any objectivity they would know New England has a better record against the AFCN & AFCS than they do against the AFCE. ‘Incredible’ indeed lol

  11. notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    December 23, 2018 at 4:22 pm
    Showing once again how weak the AFC East is again. Six games a year against the Dolphins, Bills and Jets for 10 years. No wonder the Pats get home field advantage so many years.

    And the problem with this LAME argument is

    They have almost the exact same win percentage OUTSIDE the division
    More impressive since they play more games outside the division and are playing a First place schedule doing it.

    So keep crying and we will keep laughing at you.

  12. Nofoolnodrool says:
    December 23, 2018 at 4:08 pm
    When you play in the AFLeast its not a real big deal …
    ——————————————————–

    Mr Stolen Valor still can’t cope with the way NE owns the charmin soft AFCN.
    Keep working the lies if it makes you feel better sitting in your Depends

  13. objectivefbfan says:
    December 23, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    They. Play No. One. In their Division. And haven’t for years. Incredible is the (usually, but not this year) AFC North. AFC West. Heck even the AFC South to a lesser degree. Beating up on lesser teams does not make “incredible.”

    ————————————————————————————

    Since 2001, the AFC East, EXCLUDING THE PATRIOTS, has the 3rd best record of the 8 divisions, AND the Patriots have a better record OUTSIDE the division (where they play a majority of their games) than in it. Too bad, so sad, for you.

  14. Nofoolnodrool says:
    December 23, 2018 at 4:08 pm
    When you play in the AFLeast its not a real big deal ….except for the fanboys. Everyone else knows they play the East Roxbury CYO teams six times a year….nothing to brag about
    –źź

    And the fact they have the same winning percentage outside the division, how does th har fit your argument?

  15. I always had a soft spot for the Buffalo Bills. Fun fans to be around. By far the least detestable division rival for the Patriots.

    With that said… not sure what they were thinking with Allen. He is a project with atrocious mechanics. Wrong team, at the wrong time. They need to decide who they are as an offense and THEN make the QB pick. Build that line and get weapons depending how you want to go.

    Doable in the short term but they need to stop spinning their wheels on these projects like Manuel and Allen.

  16. Weakest division in football for the past 20 years. Bills , dolphins and jets haven’t had a good qb since the 90’s. Winning that division isn’t something to be proud of. There’s 20 teams you can replace with the Patriots and they’ll win that division every year. Put the Patriots in the same division with the steelers and ravens and Patriots wouldn’t win the division every year. There’s many divisions with more than one good team that would give the Patriots trouble and would actually have to fight for a playoff spot and not just gifted a division title every year.

  17. Mr Stolen Valor still can’t cope with the way NE owns the charmin soft AFCN.
    Keep working the lies if it makes you feel better sitting in your Depends

    2 1

    Ah the fake veteran comment warrior spews his childish hate ….and you claim to have actually served in the military? Prep school doesnt count Francis.

    Pats fans get so touchy about the weak division they feast on every year. How many of those victories against the good teams were on the road? Weren’t you one of the many loud mouths saying the Steelers couldn’t beat the Cheats.

  18. PFT Commentariat: The Patriots meltdown is almost complete.
    Patriots: *Clinch 10th straight division title and close in on 2 seed*
    PFT Commentariat: Dah, we meant in 2025.

    p.s. Way to flame out, Lolphins. But you’ll always have the Meaningless Miracle in Miami or whatever.

  19. Bills have one of the league’s best defenses, and Brady is done, right?

    What hhappened?

  20. Allen is useless, but outplayed the so called goat. With no line. No the. No wrs. No te’s. Allen is a stud. No mentor either. Everyone that knows football knows it takes at least 3 years to settle in at QB. Some gals just don’t know football.

  21. Even if the Pats are at their worst they are still better. That’s just simply maddening to their haters.

  22. wib22 says:
    December 23, 2018 at 4:37 pm
    Patriots don’t have the ammo to win a title.

    Homers have to realize this

    —-
    Smell the fear.

    🙂

  23. Allen is a stud

    —-
    Please. Allen couldn’t hit the beach accurately from the ocean.

    Useful somewhere one day MAYBE…but an awful pick for the Bills.

  24. A lot of people complain about the “weakness” of the AFCEast. The Patriots do not pick the other teams staffs, they do not draft for the other teams, nor sign free agents for them!

  25. Put the Patriots in the same division with the steelers and ravens and Patriots wouldn’t win the division every year. There’s many divisions with more than one good team that would give the Patriots trouble and would actually have to fight for a playoff spot and not just gifted a division title every year.

    Since 2001 the Patriots are 20-4 vs the Ravens and Steelers
    And 5-2 vs them in the playoff
    But yeah. Go with that

  26. Kaepernick is a Hero says:
    December 23, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    The bills traded up to get Josh Allen, let that sink in
    ___________________________
    At least they didn’t reach down and give Kaep a starting QB job

  27. billswillnerwin says:
    December 23, 2018 at 4:38 pm
    Allen is useless, but outplayed the so called goat. With no line. No the. No wrs. No te’s. Allen is a stud. No mentor either. Everyone that knows football knows it takes at least 3 years to settle in at QB. Some gals just don’t know football.
    ********************************************
    Stay delusional, the rest of us know he wasn’t even a 1st round talent.

    What a bust.

  28. Here come the “they’ve played in a bad division” and “they are cheaters” comments. And GO

  29. Shady would have been a perfect trade candidate to fetch some good talent back. Too late now

  30. Remember lyin drooly telling his Vietnam stories? I do. I guess the prez saud it’s ok.

    Ted one thing I never do on here is talk about my experiences…something you have no idea about so you are just showing you ignorance. Enjoy the game last week Ted?

  31. Nofoolnodrool says:
    December 23, 2018 at 4:37 pm
    (more child like venom)
    ———————————–

    Please tell us again how you won the civil war single handed. The droolin one claims to have followed football for 80 years but says he’s in his 70’s and has a son that completed basic training (guessing it was potty, not basic) this year. Claims to have originally come from Mass but talks about East Roxbury…can’t even keep the lies straight but works his enemies list like no one since Nixon. It would be sad if it weren’t so funny.

  32. Please tell us again how you won the civil war single handed. The droolin one claims to have followed football for 80 years but says he’s in his 70’s and has a son that completed basic training (guessing it was potty, not basic) this year. Claims to have originally come from Mass but talks about East Roxbury…can’t even keep the lies straight but works his enemies list like no one since Nixon. It would be sad if it weren’t so funny.

    1 0
    Something tells me I have gotten under your skin Francis…ice up son real veterans never let anyone see you sweat.

  33. Not sure which will be better. The Pats getting the #2 seed and a bye, or the steelers FINALLY beating the Pats, but missing the playoffs. drooly, you lied about being a vet.

  34. Gase and Tannehill were glad to help keep the Pats the kings. My Fins suck on an unholy level. An no news here, but the Pats probably will win next year too. Pretty damn pathetic when an organization has to hope for a qb to retire before being serious.

  35. Not sure which will be better. The Pats getting the #2 seed and a bye, or the steelers FINALLY beating the Pats, but missing the playoffs. drooly, you lied about being a vet.

    0

    Ah Teddy I have my DD forms to prove it….what have you got but a keyboard to make you have courage

  36. Nofoolnodrool says:
    September 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm
    I don’t know if The Left can handle 6 more years of this. It’s almost cruel.

    What will be fun and not cruel is when the left takes over the house and they investigate the racist right wing supporters of the Lying Machine. For some one who avoided serving his country when he had a chance, to comment on respecting the flag is the pinnacle of hypocrisy. As a Viet Nam vet I view #45 as a coward who was afraid ……so his bold boasts and bluster is from one who knows he could cut it when the bullets were flying.

  37. tedmurph says:
    December 23, 2018 at 5:23 pm
    Nofoolnodrool says:
    September 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm
    I don’t know if The Left can handle 6 more years of this. It’s almost cruel.

    What will be fun and not cruel is when the left takes over the house and they investigate the racist right wing supporters of the Lying Machine. For some one who avoided serving his country when he had a chance, to comment on respecting the flag is the pinnacle of hypocrisy. As a Viet Nam vet I view #45 as a coward who was afraid ……so his bold boasts and bluster is from one who knows he could cut it when the bullets were flying.

    Teddy the loudest guy in the bar is usually the dumbest……you fit the sweater

  38. Nofoolnodrool says:
    December 23, 2018 at 4:37 pm
    Mr Stolen Valor still can’t cope with the way NE owns the charmin soft AFCN.
    Keep working the lies if it makes you feel better sitting in your Depends

    2 1

    Ah the fake veteran comment warrior spews his childish hate ….and you claim to have actually served in the military? Prep school doesnt count Francis.

    Pats fans get so touchy about the weak division they feast on every year. How many of those victories against the good teams were on the road? Weren’t you one of the many loud mouths saying the Steelers couldn’t beat the Cheats.

    ——-

    Have you ever looked at the Patriots record against the AFC North?

  39. Patriots have a decent team right now, but you’ll have to double flush that roster when Brady leaves. They’ve been running on fumes all year.

  40. Your words, not mine. But, when children get caught lying red handed, they usually resort to name calling. The go to for the intellectually bankrupt.

  41. Nice record but unless they’re playing possum I’m having a hard time imagining them in the Super Bowl. No biggie as a Pats fan. Anything they do in the postseason will be a pleasant surprise.

  42. Your words, not mine. But, when children get caught lying red handed, they usually resort to name calling. The go to for the intellectually bankrupt.

    3

    Teddy you need a brain to have something to bankrupt……sorry you don’t don’t qualify for a HARP loan. PS Francis I hate #45

  43. César says:
    December 23, 2018 at 7:44 pm
    How has this team only won five Super Bowls in 18 years?
    ———
    I hear it’s hard to win one….I guess there are 32 billionaires who all spend 100s of millions each year to put the best players on the planet on teams to fight against one another. Weird.

  44. “The rest of us?”….Who??? You and your 3 dozen screen names?? You haven’t been right in 20 years, so I feel good about Allen. Should have gone no:1 overall. Bills got lucky. If the Bills cut the entire offensive line, only Dawkins would have a chance of starting again. Cut every receiver, none would start. TE’s? Nope. Allen is doing this by himself. He already has several NFL records, and many team records. Anyone who knows football knows this. Some gals just don’t know football, no matter how many times they comment under different pseudonyms.

  45. I’ve always heard it’s better to remain silent and have others think you stupid than open it and leave no doubt. One gal uses 3 dozen names to advertise lack of intellectual acumen. So sad…..Oh, Joe!!!!!!

  46. Nofoolnodrool says:
    December 23, 2018 at 4:08 pm
    When you play in the AFLeast its not a real big deal ….except for the fanboys. Everyone else knows they play the East Roxbury CYO teams six times a year….nothing to brag about.

    ————————
    Whatever. I would still take it over losing.

  47. Nofoolnodrool says:
    December 23, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Ah Teddy I have my DD forms to prove it….what have you got but a keyboard to make you have courage

    ———————
    To be fair, you are hiding behind a keyboard too. We all are. Just how things are.

  48. tedmurph says:
    December 23, 2018 at 5:29 pm
    One of the contradictory statements is a lie, and I think I know which one.
    ——————————————

    Drool can’t even keep the lies about his age and where he’s from straight, lol. It’s not a matter of what statement he makes that’s a lie, they all are. It’s just a matter of which of his lies is bigger.

  49. Kaepernick is a Hero says:
    December 23, 2018 at 4:10 pm
    The bills traded up to get Josh Allen, let that sink in

    ——————

    Oh its sunk in. As a Pats fan Im not crazy about it at all. Its looking like a pretty good move by a direct competitor. The kid is showing all kinds of promise. For a rookie thrown into the fire with a bad team around him he has performed admirably this year. As he develops if they get a decent team around him thats a threat to my Patriots.

  50. Thank you from PATS NATION as we CELEBRATE the GREATEST SPORTS FRANCHISE IN THE HISTORY OF PROFESSIONAL SPORTS. Twenty years of total league dominance!!

  51. I wonder if all the teams that beat the Patriots this year are going to watch them play in the playoffs?Or are they going to practice winning the next game after beating the Patriots?Hey lewis..give some money back to the titans.Butler..you to.Ridley…fumbled again I see.Big Ben..nice jersey Brady signed for you…stare at it this offseason.
    Even when the Patriots lose…they win.

    Hey eagles…way to defend the title..broncos part 2.

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