The New England Patriots dynasty is over. The cracks began to show during the second half last year. After a perfect 8-0 start in the first half of the season they went 4-4 in the second half and then lost their playoff game to Tennessee. Their iconic quarterback left for Tampa Bay in the off-season. This year- after Monday night’s 38-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills [a team they had beaten like a mule for the past twenty years owning a 35-5 record against them over the past twenty years}- the Patriots are now 6 and 9 and guaranteed a losing season- their first losing season since going 5-11 in Bill Belichick’s first year as head coach in 2000. Since 2000 they have gone to nine Super Bowls- winning six. In those 19 seasons they have failed to make the playoffs only twice- in 2002 and 2008. It’s hard to believe the way the modern NFL is- that a team could stay on top for such a lengthy period of time. I have only seen a few Patriot games this season- with Brady going and the team in decline they aren’t the ‘must see” game each week on National television but from what I have seen the dynasty is over- at least for the short term. I would never count Bill Belichick- the greatest coach in the history of the league out- I imagine he will turn the team around within a couple year but they look seriously undermanned at this point. It is hard to believe they have a 10-14 record in their last 24 games. Tom Brady isn’t going to be walking through the door. The last Great American Dynasty has ended.