The New England Patriots have deservedly grabbed a lot of headlines in 2007.
Whether they make it to 19-0, New England's dominance this season has been both impressive and historic.
But the AFC South has quietly been the most competitive four-team division since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule.
Prior to this season, no four-team division had ever posted 40 combined wins. But after next week's intra-division games, the AFC South will finish 2007 with 42 victories.
Collectively, the Colts, Jaguars, Titans, and Texans have gone an impressive 30-10 against opponents outside their division. The only division to do better since the NFL went to 16 games is the five-team 1984 AFC West, which posted a collective 31-9 against outside competition.
It's not a traditional record, nor is it one that begs recognition of any one player or team. It will undoubtedly go unnoticed by most fans.
But as division titles go, the Colts' 2007 AFC South crown will be of a bit more significance than most.
Mark Myers is the founder and primary developer at ChanceBot.com, a sports simulation and analysis website. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org