To belabor the point that these rules are just coincidences, I concocted a rule for every NFL franchise. (Well, I exploited a computer to try every combination for me.) For example, here is the Broncos Rule:
If Denver rushes for more than 106 yards in its fifth game of the season, the incumbent party wins. Otherwise, the out-of-power party wins.
This rule has held for every election since the Denver Broncos' first season in 1960, when the Broncos ran for 104 yards on 22 carries against the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 16, dooming Richard Nixon and turning the White House over to the Democrats.
Here is the Patriots Rule, true for 12 of the past 13 elections:
If New England commits fewer turnovers than its opponent in the team's first away game, the out-of-power party will win the White House. Otherwise, the incumbent party wins.
When I presented my findings to Steve Hirdt, the Elias Sports Bureau executive who discovered the Redskins Rule in 2000, he wasn't impressed.