The New England Patriots have won 10 or more wins in 12 straight seasons. They have won the division title in 11 of those 12 seasons.
Fans of opposing teams may get sick of the act, but not Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
"Absolutely not," he said, when asked if winning the division ever gets old. "I think we're trying to win every time we take the field. Winning never gets old, I know that. That feeling that we had [Sunday] night is a great feeling, and that's what motivates you to win, because you know the opposite of that."
It seems like only yesterday the Patriots were in the throes of an excruciatingly slow start, which saw them start 2-2 with the world pronouncing the death of the Patriots dynasty. Thave come a long way since then, but they're not out of the woods just yet.
The Miami Dolphins gave the Patriots trouble early in the season, and they will make their way up to Gillette Stadium for a rematch on Sunday. With a big task ahead, and one of a few bigger goals within striking range, the Patriots aren't taking their eyes off the next opponent.
"Coach hasn't mentioned that today," Brady said of whether Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has talked about winning the AFC East. "Normally he has. We're fighting for a division championship, so it's very important. You work hard to get to this point. Guys have put a lot of work in over the whole offseason, so to put ourselves in this position is a lot of fun, but we've got to go out there and capitalize, and this is a tough team to do it against. They have some goals that they have, too, and I think that's what makes for a great game, is when both teams are determined to win. Only one team can win."
The Dolphins appeared primed for a run at the playoffs, and with a 5-3 record at the midway point, their goals were in sight. They have lost three of their past five games, though, and their backs are against the wall.
They must win their final three games to have any chance of playing in the postseason and snapping their own five-season playoff drought.
The Patriots are 1-2 in their past three meetings with the Dolphins.