Patriots a winning model

From the "Did You Know?" Department:

At 9-3, the Patriots are on the cusp of reaching double-digit regular-season victories for the ninth consecutive season. They have four chances to hit the mark -- at Washington, at Denver, vs. Miami and vs. Buffalo.

With a 10th win, the club would join the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts as the only teams in NFL history to win double-digit games in nine or more consecutive seasons. That stretch of consistency reflects highly on Bill Belichick and his coaching staff .

The breakdown from AFC information manager Corry Rush:

San Francisco (1983-1998) -- 16 seasons

Indianapolis (2002-2010) -- 9 seasons

New England (2003-present) -- 8 seasons*