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NFL World Reacts To Major AFC East Development

Mac Jones standing over his offensive line before snapping the ball.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 07: Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots calls a play at the line during the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 07, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

With the Buffalo Bills surprising blowout loss to Indy, a new team has sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

The New England Patriots. Where have we heard that one before?

The light has gone on in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Bill Belichick has that defense rolling and the Pats are in the midst of a five-game win streak. New England blanked the Atlanta Falcons 25-0 on Thursday night. The Patriots defense hasn't allowed a point in the last 19 possessions. And over the last 26, Belichick's defense is outscoring opponents 13-7. Rookie quarterback Mac Jones is distributing the ball well and playing efficient, complementary football New England's red hot D. Jones has played "point guard" well in Josh McDaniels offense.

Two decades later, the 2021 Patriots and New England's breakthrough 2001 Super Bowl team are aligning. Both teams have a young, first-year starter at the helm.

Neither Jones, nor Tom Brady in the beginning, were asked to win games for the Patriots. They're just tasked with keeping the offense on schedule and not putting the football in harm's way. Both backed by dominant defensive units.

Patriots fans can only hope Jones has a third of the success Tom Brady enjoyed in his run with New England. Right now, the first-round pick out of Alabama has his team in position to take control of the division.