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Patriots surpass Peyton Manning's Colts with most regular season wins in a decade

Patriots surpass Peyton Manning's Colts with most regular season wins in a decade

In improving to 3-0 with a dominant win over the Jets Sunday, the Patriots made NFL history for regular-season success. 

Week 3's win marked the Patriots' 116th win since 2010, which now ranks as the most regular season victories in a decade, passing the 2000-2009 Colts (115). 

The Patriots had plenty of battles with Peyton Manning's Colts during that timeframe. Once Tom Brady became New England's starting quarterback, the Patriots went 7-5 against the Colts during the 2000s, with one of those losses coming in 2008 when Brady was out with his knee injury. 

The Patriots hold the most wins, playoffs included, in a decade with 132 since 2010, so couple that with three Super Bowl championships, and you have yourself the most dominant decade of football we've ever seen. 

The Patriots dynasty wasn't supposed to last this long, with the turning point being an embarrassing loss to the Chiefs in 2014 where everyone counted them out for good. It turned out that it was just the beginning of another run that has the rest of the NFL scrambling to figure out ways to end New England's hold on the league. 

The reality might be that the dynasty will end when it's key contributors, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, finally walk away from the game. But we have no idea when that'll be, so here's to more winning. 

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NFL Rumors: Former Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri considering retirement?

NFL Rumors: Former Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri considering retirement?

It has been a tough start to the season for former New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri. The current Indianapolis Colts kicker has been in the league for 24 years and at age 46, he is the oldest active player in the NFL. And so far, he has looked like it.

Through two games this season, Vinatieri has already missed five kicks. He is 1-of-3 on field goal attempts while going a woeful 2-for-5 on extra points. It seems that age simply may have caught up to him and Vinatieri might be realizing that.

After Sunday's game, Vinatieri gave a cryptic message to Stephen Holder of The Athletic on his way out of the stadium.

Monday is usually the off day for NFL players, so Vinatieri wouldn't be seeing media members on Monday unless it was for a special occasion. That seems to indicate that Vinatieri might be calling it quits amid his recent struggles, and he could organize a Monday press conference to announce his potential retirement.

NBC's ProFootballTalk believes that may be the case as well, but that the Colts might try to convince the veteran to stay.

Right now, these are only rumors, so it is important to take them with a grain of salt. But still, it seems possible that Vinatieri is seriously considering retiring.

Vinatieri was one of the greatest kickers in Patriots history, and he hit countless game-winning kicks for the team, including a 41-yarder that sealed their Super Bowl 38 victory over the Carolina Panthers. During his 10-year Patriots career, he converted on nearly 82 percent of his kicks and won three Super Bowl rings. And despite many believing he didn't have a lot of years left in the tank when the Patriots moved on from him, he has kicked for 14 more years since being replaced by Stephen Gostkowski.

We'll soon see if Vinatieri is considering hanging up his cleats but if he does, he certainly won't have anything to be ashamed of. He has converted the most field goals in NFL history (583) and was named a first-team All-Pro three times. He'll be a sure-fire Hall of Famer after he does retire.

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What Brian Hoyer texted Jacoby Brissett after Andrew Luck's retirement

What Brian Hoyer texted Jacoby Brissett after Andrew Luck's retirement

When Andrew Luck made his surprising retirement announcement, Brian Hoyer sent well wishes to the Colts' new starting quarterback, Jacoby Brissett. Little did he know he'd soon be joining Brissett in Indianapolis.

Hoyer and Brissett got to know one another when they traveled to Churchill Downs earlier this year to take in the Kentucky Derby with Tom Brady and the regular cast of characters. When Luck decided to hang 'em up, Hoyer reached out to Brissett with a simple, encouraging message.

“I said ‘Hey man, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for, best of luck’. I had no idea that three weeks later I’d be here," Hoyer said according to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe.

Hoyer ended up being released by the Patriots during their final round of cuts, then signed by the Colts to become Brissett's backup shortly thereafter. The veteran QB should be a valuable presence in Indianapolis' QB room and bring a positive energy Brady admits he'll miss in New England.

As for Brissett, everything's looking good for the 26-year-old so far as he recently negotiated his own two-year, $30 million contract extension.

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