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This wild stat sums up Patriots' dominance since 2001

This wild stat sums up Patriots' dominance since 2001

We already know the New England Patriots have been the most dominant franchise in sports since Tom Brady and Bill Belichick joined forces, but sometimes there's a wild stat that pops up that really puts their historic run into perspective.

Take this one for example. The Patriots have the most regular-season winning streaks of at least six games of any NFL team since 2001 with 14. The second-best teams in that category are the Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, and Pittsburgh Steelers who each have seven such streaks in that timespan.

That kind of sustained success obviously is remarkable, but perhaps the biggest takeaway is the Patriots' AFC East foes all being at the bottom of the list. The Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and New York Jets have two, one, and zero win streaks of six games or more respectively in the last 18 years.

The 4-0 Patriots aim to increase their total to 15 with wins over the Redskins and Giants the next couple of weeks. Sunday's game in Washington kicks off at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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Kyle Van Noy explains what he meant by 'no name' tweet after Patriots-Eagles

Kyle Van Noy explains what he meant by 'no name' tweet after Patriots-Eagles

Kyle Van Noy took another shot at another critic Sunday night. But who exactly was he talking about, and how exactly did he catch wind of that critique?

The Patriots linebacker joins Phil Perry for NBC Sports Boston's latest "Quick Slants" episode Tuesday night, and one of the topics on the agenda is this tweet he sent following New England's 17-10 road win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Van Noy suggested to Perry that "ole Tony" was a reference to CBS analyst Tony Romo, who apparently mentioned the Patriots have "no names" on their defense during Sunday's broadcast.

"Obviously you get tagged in stuff after the game by a million people, and then you have conversations with family members after games, and Mom wasn't too happy about it," Van Noy told Perry.

Romo actually was complimenting the Patriots defense, which is playing at a historic level despite a lack of what some would call "household names."

But Van Noy added he doesn't have any serious ax to grind with New England's critics.

"I don't want to make it seem like anything and everything someone says I'm worried about," he added. "It's more fun, just trying to mess with people.

"Because at the end of the day, it doesn't matter what people think. I'm comfortable in my shoes and my teammates are comfortable in theirs. We trust each other.

Check out Van Noy's full interview with Perry on "Quick Slants," which airs Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston.

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Does Rob Gronkowski's latest announcement officially end comeback talk?

Does Rob Gronkowski's latest announcement officially end comeback talk?

If Rob Gronkowski wants to play for the New England Patriots in this year's postseason, he needs to apply for NFL reinstatement by Nov. 30.

But it turns out Gronkowski already has other postseason plans.

The retired tight end revealed early Tuesday morning -- hours before a "big announcement" scheduled for 9 a.m. ET -- that he'll host a "GRONK BEACH" music festival on Saturday, Feb. 1, in Miami Beach.

That's the day before Super Bowl LIV, which will be played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

The festival will feature big musical acts like Rick Ross, Flo Rida, DJ Carnage, Kaskade and Diplo and essentially be a six-hour-long beach party (1 p.m. to 7 p.m.), complete with "amazing food, drinks, beach performers, and more," according to the website.

Sounds like Gronkowski doesn't plan on playing a football game the following day.

"I may not be playing the game this year, but I will still be going to Miami and I'm going to be debuting my very own music festival and its Gronk Beach," Gronkowski said in a statement, via the Associated Press.

" ... Bring some wildness, some fun, to bring a music festival to Miami and not just on top of Miami, at the Super Bowl. It's really never been done like that before."

The 9-1 Patriots are the current betting favorites to win Super Bowl LIV, so if Gronkowski was mulling a return to New England, we doubt he would host an extravagant Super Bowl-themed bash that same weekend.

In an any event, if the Patriots reach their fourth consecutive Super Bowl next February, Gronk will be there -- as a very amped-up spectator.

UPDATE (9:05 a.m. ET): This indeed was Gronkowski's "big announcement," as the ex-tight end tweeted about his "GRONK BEACH BIG GAME WEEKEND" shortly after 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

As is par for the course, Gronkowski had some fun with the comeback rumors in his announcement, wrestling with a potential NFL return by pitting "Party Gronk" against "Player Gronk."

And while "Party Gronk" won out, the 30-year-old seems intent on using his potential comeback as a marketing ploy through next year.

"We'll call an audible ... but just for this year," Gronkowski said at the end of the video.

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