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Patriots beat Vikings, extend NFL record of consecutive winning seasons

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Patriots beat Vikings, extend NFL record of consecutive winning seasons

Incredible consistency, aside from the five Super Bowl titles, might be the most impressive part of the New England Patriots' dynasty over the last 18 years.

The Patriots beat the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 at Gillette Stadium on Sunday to clinch a winning record for the 18th consecutive season, which extends their own NFL record. The last season during which the Pats failed to earn a record above. 500 was 2000, when they went 5-11 in Bill Belichick's first campaign as head coach.

PATRIOTS 24, VIKINGS 10

Last week, the Patriots secured their 18th straight season with a .500 record or better. The record for the most consecutive .500 seasons is 21, set by the Dallas Cowboys from 1965 through 1985.

Winning is very hard in the modern NFL, even if the Patriots don't make it look that way. Free agency, huge contracts, trades, the salary cap and other factors are meant to create parity and prevent dynasties, but all of those things have yet to keep the Patriots from winning on a very consistent basis. 

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Robert Kraft "categorically" denies prostitution allegations in statement

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Robert Kraft "categorically" denies prostitution allegations in statement

Robert Kraft responded quickly to Friday's shocking allegations.

A spokesman for the New England Patriots owner denied Kraft committed any crimes after he was charged Friday on two counts of soliciting prostitution.

Jupiter, Fla., police allege they have video footage of Kraft paying for sexual services at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter.

He was arrested along with several others as the result of a months-long investigation into what Jupiter police call an expansive human trafficking operation.

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is one of several people charged for their alleged involvement in a sex trafficking operation in Jupiter, Fla.

Kraft is charged with two separate counts of soliticing prostitution, Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr announced Friday in a press conference.

According to TCPalm.com, the 77-year-old owner was captured on surveillance video paying for "sexual services" at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, per TCPalm.com.

Kraft's arrest is part of a months-long international investigation by Palm Beach County police, who also arrested several others in the extensive bust.

The Patriots owner actually visited the spa twice during the investigation and was driven both times, per Jupiter police.

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