First hat and tee-shirt game of the year. Actually, the Pats can clinch the division before they even take the field on Monday night if the Colts beat the Bills on Sunday. But the Colts are horrendous and I expect Buffalo to win that game to keep their fleeting playoff chances alive. So, in all likelihood, the Pats will travel to Miami on Monday with a chance at clinching a 9th straight division title. This would also be their 15th overall AFC East title for them in the BB/TB era. But first things first, gotta beat the Dolphins in Miami, no easy task for the Pats historically, even during their current stretch of dominance. The Pats with Brady at QB are only 7-8 in Miami, although they won in Miami last year to break a string of three straight losses in South Florida. Miami comes into the game off of a drubbing of the pathetic Broncos, still technically alive for a playoff spot at 5-7, but will probably have to win out and get help to get in. But they are still alive, and this is a divisional road game (which I hate) against a team they just played two weeks ago. The Pats are clearly the better team, but these are the types of games where funky things can happen. But as noted, by any measure the Pats are clearly the better team, and appear to be picking up steam as we head into December. In Buffalo last week the Pats continued their stretch of dominating teams that goes back to their bye week, with a 23-3 pasting of the Bills in Buffalo. But the game was not pretty at times, particularly on offense, and of course things got chippy at the end and as a result they will probably be without Gronk on Monday against a team that really struggles against tight ends. The defense continues to play well, though, and with Jay Cutler doing Jay Cutler things next Monday, they will be looking to extend their streak of holding teams to 17 points or fewer to 9 games, most ever under Bill Belichick. 2nd week in a row on the road in the division, middle game of the 3 game road gauntlet that will determine whether or not the AFC playoffs will go through Foxboro once again. Get in, get the win, hats and tee shirts, get out, avoid injuries, and for the 2nd time in three weeks, fuck Don Shula. The "Celebrating What Is" factoids of the week: 1. Missed this one a few weeks ago, but with the road win over the Raiders in Mexico City, Tom Brady won his 86th career road game (87 now obviously), breaking a tie with Peyton Manning for the most all time. Another week, another record for the GOAT. 2. Last week the Pats won their 10th game of the season, extending their current streak to 15 straight years with at least 10 wins, one short of the 49ers all time record from the 80s - 90. In their entire existence (1960 - 2002, 43 football seasons) before the 15 year streak started the Pats only won 10 or more games 10 times. One of those times was 2001, so overall the count is 9 seasons of 10 or more wins pre-Belichick, 16 years of 10 or more wins in 17 seasons with Belichick as head coach.