- Super Bowl Championships: 5
- Last Super Bowl Championship: Super Bowl 51
- Claim to Fame: The Patriots have won five Super Bowls in the last 17 seasons. Only the 49ers (13 seasons) won five in a shorter span
- Claim to Shame: The Patriots are tied with the Denver Broncos for most Super Bowl losses all-time
There are two eras in New England: pre-Tom Brady, and the glorious present. The Patriots enjoyed modest success before 2000, but nothing like today. After switching from Boston to New England in 1971, it took 15 years to make their first Super Bowl (20).
But that Super Bowl is mostly remembered for The Fridge’s epic touchdown.
Then, 16 seasons later, Mo Lewis changed everything. In 2001, Lewis sidelined then-starting QB Drew Bledsoe and opened the door for Brady. Outside of the AFC Championship game that season (with one year of Matt Cassell and four games of Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett), it’s been Brady’s bunch.
Brady has won 27 playoff games and five titles as the team’s starter. Only four teams have five or more championships. He’s also lost ten playoff games, which is more than nine teams have won.
He continues to prove that age is just a number, coming away with his third MVP award in 2017.
The Pats (13-3) finished 12-7 against the spread, including the playoffs. What’s more impressive than their ATS record is the fact that they always served as the favorite last season.
Despite an offseason of controversy, Brady is back with Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman (following his four-game suspension). The absence of Dion Lewis will be mopped up by Rex Burkhead and first-round pick Sony Michel. The biggest loss may be Danny Amendola.
In order to make it to a third-straight Super Bowl, the Pats need to sort out their defense. Malcolm Butler played more than 96% of snaps the last three years, but he’s in Tennessee now.
Another potential concern is the lack of a defensive coordinator after Matt Patricia left to become the next head coach of the Detroit Lions.