Before some of our fellow Posters consign this team to the trash heap and run its ownership out of town, let's compare the Patriots' run over the last five years with three of the other great Dynasties of the modern era. The bottom line is that, while we have mythical memories of those teams, shrouded in the mists of time, it wasn't a straight line for any of them and they all had rocky periods. Since the 2001 season, the Pats have appeared in and won Three SB's, with a combined Regular Season W/L percentage of .725 and have missed the Playoffs once, going 9--7 in that season while getting eliminated on the last day of the season. Between the 1981 and 1994 seasons, the '49-ers appeared in and won Four SB's, with a combined Regular Season W/L percentage of .736, but missed the Playoffs three times and went 10--6 four times and 10-5-1 once. Between the 1970 and 1978 seasons, the Cowboys appeared in five SB's, winning two, with a combined Regular Season W/L percentage of .734, missed the Playoffs once but also had to get in on the Wild Card three times. Between the 1982 and 1991 seasons, the Redskins appeared in four SB's, winning three, with a combined W/L percentage of .704, but missed the Playoffs three times, going 10-6 and 7-9 in two of the years. We're only 2--1. Our Offense is adapting to some big changes made, IMHO, in the interests of being stronger in the future and not having to wait 26 YEARS between SB wins like the Steelers. We're gonna win the Division. We're gonna make some noise in January. Let's all take a deep breath!