The Patriots improved to 11-3 with their 41-23 victory over the Broncos on Sunday, in the process winning the AFC East title for the ninth time in 11 seasons. In doing so, coach Bill Belichick said that the Patriots had met a meaningful bar that was set entering the year.
"That’s one of our goals at the start of the season, to meet the challenge of our division. Our players have done that, 6-2 on the road. They’ve done a good job," Belichick told reporters. "They’ve met a lot of challenges. This was a big one."