DENVER -- Everyone knows about home-field advantage, but the New England Patriots have introduced their fans to a different twist since the start of the 2016 season.
Call it road-field advantage.
The Patriots have won 12 games in a row, which matches their streak from Dec. 24, 2006, through Oct. 5, 2008. That is the second longest in NFL history behind the 18-game streak the San Francisco 49ers had from 1988-1990.
In addition, Sunday night's victory over the Broncos was quarterback Tom Brady's record 86th road win of his career.
"There’s something to be said about going into an opposing stadium of 70,000 fans and they're all screaming and cheering for the team we're playing against, and then by the end of the game, most of the fans left are ours," Brady said in his weekly appearance on Westwood One leading into Monday Night Football. "I think that's something you really relish as a football player."
The Patriots will look to make it 13 in a row Sunday against the Oakland Raiders (CBS, 4:25 p.m. ET). Although the game is being played in Mexico, it is considered a Raiders home game, and it's viewed as one of the marquee contests of the week, with CBS sending its top broadcasting team of Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson to call it.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick acknowledged the difficulty of winning on the road, saying "it takes a lot of mental toughness, focus, discipline and good execution -- and sometimes a harder situation offensively and in the kicking game with crowd noise and the energy that fans in other stadiums bring."
As an example of the focus it takes to overcome that, Belichick pointed out that the Patriots were called for just one penalty in Sunday's win over the Broncos.
It also takes game-changing plays, as the Patriots actually started slow in the game with a three-and-out on offense as the home crowd was revved up. But a muffed punt recovered by the Patriots changed everything.
"Whenever you can have plays like that to really take the crowd out of the game, it helps," remarked running back Rex Burkhead. "I remember early in the game, Tom was really having to yell in the huddle to get those plays to us, and later on, he didn't have to do that so much just because it wasn't as loud. It was definitely beneficial for us."
Brady said in his Westwood One interview that it's hard to pinpoint one thing that leads to success on the road.
"There's positives and negatives; sometimes it can be a negative with communication with the offense, but on the other side of the ball, for the opposing team's defense, their communication is challenged as well. I think we've done a great job understanding what we're getting ourselves into," he told host Jim Gray.
"We try to put a lot of pressure on the defense, and we've done that. Hopefully we can keep it going. We have to go to Mexico. We've never played there before."
Added linebacker Kyle Van Noy, "I think it's just an attitude that we bring that we have as a team. We just want to be road warriors, and it shows we're ready to play and we're focused, and it's always fun to win in someone else's home."