Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
As much as Mike Smith, Tony Sparano and Jeff Fisher deserve coach-of-the-year consideration, I still contend Bill Belichick is doing the best job of his career.
When Belichick's ramshackle team shellacked the Oakland Raiders 49-26 on Sunday, he recorded his 100th victory in 142 games with the New England Patriots.
Only three other NFL coaches reached the century mark faster with one team: John Madden (136), Don Shula (137) and Paul Brown (138).
I hear those guys were somewhat respected in their day.
New England's victory also guaranteed a winning record for the eighth consecutive season and improved an already-gaudy late-season win percentage over the past six seasons.
Since 2003, the Patriots are 23-3 in regular-season games played after November. All three losses were to the Miami Dolphins. Go figure.
The Patriots have won 10 straight games in December.
Here are the top five regular-season records after November since 2003:
New England Patriots 23-3
San Diego Chargers 19-6
Pittsburgh Steelers 18-7
Indianapolis Colts 17-8
Green Bay Packers 16-8