Over the two decades of the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era in Foxboro, the Patriots have gotten used to setting records. And late in the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Jets, it looked like they were well on their way to another.
Following a season-opening 33-3 win over the Steelers and a 43-0 shutout of the Dolphins, the Pats had rolled to a 30-0 lead, giving them a +103 point differential on the season, which would have been the best in NFL history through three games.
And despite late New York touchdowns on both special teams and defense, New England still has a +89 point differential this season. While it's not a record, it's still the third-highest for any NFL team since 1940.
It ties the 1966 Cowboys, 1970 Lions & 1996 Packers, while sitting only behind the 1968 Cowboys (+99) & 1962 Packers (+93). Note: the 1947 Browns had a +92 diff, but in the All-American Football Conference (an upstart challenge league to the NFL from 1946-49) https://t.co/T4vzFsycct— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) September 22, 2019
The previous best point differential for a Patriots team through three games was +79 in their undefeated season of 2007.
And while those two late Jets scored ruined the Pats' chances at setting the NFL record for the fewest points allowed in the first three games of the season, they still set a new franchise-record in that department by a healthy margin.
New England's 17 points allowed through three games shattered the team's previous best mark — 33 points allowed through the first three games of the 1979 season.
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