Perhaps, though, the Patriots’ winning their division for the fourth straight year and 10th time in 13 seasons under Bill Belichick should be savored a little bit more.
That doesn’t mean New England fans need to lessen their expectations, but it can be easy at times to forget just how much of a struggle it used to be to win the AFC East. Back in 2001, it took a come-from-behind, one-point victory over the Jets in Week 12 and a narrow 20-13 win over Miami in Week 15 (a game you might remember for the 23-yard completion from Kevin Faulk to Tom Brady) to secure that division title. That AFC East title was the Patriots’ first since they were back-to-back champs in ’96 and ’97, but before that, there was a 10-year gap between division championships "
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