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Patriots win at same rate vs. rest of NFL as they do vs. AFC East

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Patriots win at same rate vs. rest of NFL as they do vs. AFC East

In his Football Morning in America column, Peter King shined a light on how much better the Patriots have been since 2003 compared to the rest of the AFC East. 

As King points out, the Patriots have gone 189-51 (.788 winning percentage) since 2003 while the Jets, Dolphins and Bills have won 109, 106 and 102 games, respectively, and have winning percentages of .454, .442 and .425.

King’s conclusion that the Patriots have been a crapton better than their divisional opponents for a 15 seasons is spot-on even if it isn’t a revelation.

But be careful of taking the next step and inferring that the Patriots have built that gaudy winning percentage because they’ve fattened up on the AFC East.

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Because the Patriots have won at almost the exact same rate against the rest of the NFL as they have against their division.

The Patriots are 71-19 since 2003 in the AFC East. That’s a .788 winning percentage. Outside the division, they are 118-32 (.786).

King goes on to add that, when the league realigned in 2002, it would have been so much more competitive if the Colts remained in the AFC East instead of shipping to the AFC South.

He’s right but only to a point. Since 2001, the Patriots are 14-5 against the Colts (.736). Throwing out the last six games since 2011 that Peyton Manning wasn’t there for, the Patriots were 8-5 (.615) against Indy (8-4 if you throw out the 2008 game when Matt Cassel started for New England).

The reason it’s important to give the full context of the Patriots domination inside their division and out is because the past 20 years have been a historic run. Historic runs deserve accurate historic perspective.

And too often -- particularly around here -- you get inch-deep analysis branding the AFC East as a parade of Tomato Canzzzzz the Patriots knock down like ducks in a shooting gallery when the truth is, the whole damn league’s been ducks in a shooting gallery for them since 2003.

Anticipating the reaction of “Butbutbut . . . J.P. Losman! Cleo Lemon! Geno Smith!”, the reality is the league is loaded with bum quarterbacks and slow-twitch head coaches. It’s not an AFC East thing.

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That 617 Life Podcast: The Madden Curse continues with Patrick Mahomes' injury

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That 617 Life Podcast: The Madden Curse continues with Patrick Mahomes' injury

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' knee injury is just another example of the Madden Curse, says the 617 Life crew. That and more in this week's edition:

5:26 - Leroy Irving, Shanda Foster and Cerrone Battle talk about the knee injury Patrick Mahomes suffered vs. the Broncos, how it affects the Patriots' chances to win the AFC and what it means for the marketability of the league.

13:04 - Cerrone gives his Cold Cuts and Hot Takes, NBA-preview style.

23:24 - Shanda sounds off on Michael Stahan's wife seeking child-support money, Myles Garrett being punched in the face by a fan and the pettiness of Detroit Lions fans after their controversial loss to Green Bay.

31:41 - The Madden Curse is real and Patrick Mahomes being injured Thursday night proves it. Who are the few players who have actually escaped their fate?

37:02 - In this week's playa's call, Leroy calls out Shaq, Shanda calls out Damien Williams and Cerrone calls out Michael Jordan.

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Stephon Gilmore invites bullied youth football player to Patriots game

Stephon Gilmore invites bullied youth football player to Patriots game

When Stephon Gilmore caught wind of the story of a 12-year-old girl who has been bullied for playing football, he decided to take action.

On Thursday, the New England Patriots cornerback noticed a video posted by WPRI of Quinn, a youth football player from Pawtucket who plays cornerback and wears Gilmore's No. 24. It clearly resonated with Gilmore as he tweeted his desire to get in touch with Quinn's family so he could invite her to a Pats game.

“She’s repping that 24! Would love to meet you Quinn! If anyone knows her contact DM me! Hopefully she would enjoy a Pats game!” he wrote.

Gilmore discussed Quinn's story further with reporters on Friday.

“It’s a sad situation, but I’m happy for her,” Gilmore said. “I’m happy she’s focused and having fun playing football. I think she should be happy and not let nothing affect her on the outside, be happy to go to school, be happy to play sports. Hopefully, I can connect with her soon.”

There's no word yet on when Gilmore will get to meet Quinn, but when he does, he'll have a special message for her.

“No matter what it is — in class or in sports — do what you love and never let no one tell you that you can’t do nothing,” Gilmore said. “Women can play whatever they want to play. That’s one thing I would tell her.”

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