There's been a lot of debate lately about the proficiency of the AFC East, which we've already addressed in detail. But one piece was missing from the whole thing that I felt necessitated its own attention.
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Much has been made of how the Patriots will often use historical wrinkles in their game plan to show new things to opposing teams. Whether it be messing with the eligible linemen to get his receivers open (hi, Jim Harbaugh!) or just recalling a specific run play from 1959, Bill Belichick uses his vast knowledge to help gain the edge.
In the 20 years since Bill Belichick took over as coach of the New England Patriots, the team has gone on an incredible run. From 2000-2019 they did not have a losing record against any team in the NFL. In fact outside of the Panthers (3-3), they have a winning record against every other team.