This is a common argument: the Pats play in a weak division and this inflates their record. The truth is they maybe get a tiny advantage from this, but not much, no where near 1-2 games a season. From 2004 thru 2018, the Pats overall win% vs everybody is 77.5% 12.4 games per 16 Their win% vs the pathetic weak AFCE is 78.8% or 12.6 games per 16 Their win% vs the rough, tough AFCN is 76.7% or 12.3 games per 16 Vs the AFC in total 76.7% or 12.3 games per 16 Vs the NFC. 80%. Or 12.8 games per 16 Over the course of 15 yrs, if they lost one more division game, their record vs the AFCE would match their overall record. Not much of an advantage. They beat up weak AFCE teams at about the same rate that they beat everybody else. And they beat everybody with astonishingly high frequency and consistency. Whats one of the major beefs about the Steelers? That they play down to weak teams and lose too often to them. Well, no one ever accuses the Pats of that.