/Bell Tolls: Strange parity as New England Patriots could be on way to 19-0

Bell Tolls: Strange parity as New England Patriots could be on way to 19-0

Looks as if it will take a while before Mercury Morris, Larry Csonka, Manny Fernandez and company can pop that cork in their annual ritual to mark the occasion of the 1972 Miami Dolphins standing as the only team in NFL season to produce a perfect season.

As the midseason mark looms, there is no shortage of dreams about the possibility of NFL perfection.

Five teams are still undefeated, and at the end of Week 8 – which includes the Broncos and Packers clashing in a battle of 6-0 teams on Sunday night – there could be four teams at 7-0.

How rare is that?

Since the 1970 merger, the most 7-0 teams the league has had in a single season is two.

Meanwhile, 19 teams are trudging along with losing records at the moment.

Kids, this is what you call a case of the haves and the have-nots.

What in the world has happened to parity?

Well, there’s still parity, but Bill Belichick isn’t buying in. After producing a 16-0 regular season in 2007 with the Patriots that just fell short of ultimate perfection with a Super Bowl loss, New England is again steamrolling toward the…

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