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Patriots are very close to securing NFL record for decade of dominance

Patriots are very close to securing NFL record for decade of dominance

The New England Patriots have been the NFL's most successful team of the 21st century, and they've dominated this decade like no other in league history.

The Patriots need just three wins to guarantee them the best win percentage for any team in one decade. New England currently holds a sizable lead over the Dallas Cowboys of the 1970s for the top spot.

Take a look at the all-time leaderboard in the tweet below:

The Patriots' first four opponents of the 2019 regular season are the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. Unless we see a few upsets, the Patriots probably will secure this record before October.

In addition to winning nearly 80 percent of their games this decade, the Patriots also lead the league in Super Bowl wins (three), Super Bowl appearances (five), division titles (nine), 10-win seasons (nine) and playoff appearances (nine) since 2010.

There's one more season left in the decade, and the Patriots again are a top contender to win the Super Bowl. Most oddsmakers have pegged the Patriots as Super Bowl LIV favorites.

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Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

The New England Patriots have released an official statement in response to the Cincinnati Bengals' allegations of videotaping their sideline.

The statement explains that a three-person video crew was sent to Cleveland for the Bengals-Browns game to film a feature on the Pats scouting department for Patriots.com's "Do Your Job" series.

The Patriots acknowledge that their failure to inform the Bengals of the taping was an "unintended oversight" and admit the video crew unknowingly broke league rules by filming the field from the press box. They also echoed head coach Bill Belichick's statement that the team is independent of the production crew.

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Read the full statement below:

The NFL currently is investigating the matter, but this appears to be a giant misunderstanding based on what Belichick and the Patriots organization had to say.

The Patriots (10-3) will visit the Bengals (1-12) for their Week 15 matchup on Sunday.

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Tom Brady addresses boos from Patriots fans: 'They have every right'

Tom Brady addresses boos from Patriots fans: 'They have every right'

It had been quite a while since the Gillette Stadium crowd booed their beloved New England Patriots. After all, the Pats rode a 21-game home win streak into Sunday's game vs. the Kansas CIty Chiefs.

But the boos were loud and clear at the end of the first half with the offensive sputtering and the Patriots trailing 20-7. In his Monday appearance on Westwood One with Jim Gray, quarterback Tom Brady shared his thoughts on the harsh reaction from the fans in Foxboro.

"Well that's part of being in sports is everybody's got a chance to cheer you or boo you," Brady told Gray. "There's been plenty of times where they've been cheering us and again, you take the good with the bad. They have every right to boo when we're not playing the way that we're capable.

"For me, I'm focused on what I've got to do to go in there and do a better job. We've been through it before, it won't be the last time and that's OK it doesn't hurt our feelings."

Does Brady hear the boos?

"Yeah, you have 70,000 people out there. It's pretty loud," Brady said with a laugh. "But, you know, that's what fans do."

If anyone understands the lofty expectations that come with playing in New England, it's No. 12.

The Patriots will visit the Cincinnati Bengals for their Week 15 matchup, so fortunately they won't have to worry about the boo birds from their own fans on Sunday. If they return home after falling to a 1-12 team, however, that'll be a different story.

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