The New England Patriots have set the standard of winning in the modern NFL, and one stat helps show the incredible consistency the franchise has shown since Bill Belichick and Tom Brady arrived.
Since 2001, the year Brady replaced Drew Bledsoe as the team's starting quarterback and led a run to a Super Bowl XXXVI championship, the Patriots have finished 18 consecutive seasons with a . 500 record or better.
That includes the current 2018 NFL season, as the Patriots erased any chance of a losing season Sunday when they beat the New York Jets 27-13 to improve to 8-3 atop the AFC East.
The NFL record for the most consecutive non-losing seasons is 21, set by the Dallas Cowboys from 1965 through 1985. The Patriots' Week 12 win over the Jets moved them ahead of the Cleveland Browns' mark of 17 from 1957 through 1973.
During this incredible run of non-losing seasons, the Patriots have won five Super Bowl titles, eight AFC championships, 15 AFC East crowns (including nine straight) and made 16 playoff appearances. Finishing .500 or better isn't the goal at Gillette Stadium, and rightfully so, but it's still an impressive accomplishment given the high roster turnover rate in the free-agency era of pro football.
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