For the remainder of this season, the title of "America's Team" is officially on loan, from Dallas to New England.
There are those who root for the Patriots, those who root against them, but no one can deny that everyone is watching them. Everyone.
They track whether Randy Moss can reel in four more touchdown receptions and the NFL's all-time single-season touchdown catch record that now belongs to Jerry Rice.
They monitor New England's assault of history and the pursuit of perfection. The Patriots next two games are football's version of slam dunks.
Sunday comes a Jets team that exposed Spygate and made the Patriots pay. Now comes New England's payback. In the past, cameramen captured Bill Belichick and Eric Mangini's postgame midfield handshake. This year, the cameramen can take the day off. If there is any handshake, it will be a bigger upset than the Jets beating the Patriots.
No longer is it a question of whether the Patriots will go 16-0. The more pertinent question is whether they will go 19-0. And maybe their biggest obstacle is the team from which they have borrowed a title.