If you would have said to me that at any point of this NFL season that the Patriots would own the best record in football, I would have questioned your sanity. It’s not that I don’t have confidence in the Pats. I fully expect them to be in the playoff mix every year while Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are together. However, coming into the season with a large chunk of the roster consisting of first- and second-year players, many of them on defense, and the rash of injuries the team suffered, I expected perhaps a tightly-contested AFC East crown at best. I did not expect a 6-1 record at this point in the season, and I bet few did. When the Steelers lost last night to the Saints, falling to 5-2, the Jets lost to the Packers, and the Pats beat the Vikings, the Patriots were suddenly atop the AFC East and the entire NFL. Of course, there’s still plenty of football left to be played and this could all change next week. Six wins gets you nothing in the NFL, but you have to feel good about where the Pats are at right now. First in the AFC East, first in the NFL, and holders of an improving defense, things are looking up.