The upcoming Jets game has some historical significance. The Patriots all time record now stands at 353 - 354 & 9. A victory against the Jets will establish an the Patriots as having an all time record at .500 ball in their 45 years of competition. Actually, the 9 ties are not considered losses so they are really 4.5 games OVER .500. In 1963 the extra half win, by the tie, allowed them to win the AFLE championship. They were subsequently beat 51-10 by the San Diego Chargers for the AFL championship. The Patriots first took the field in 1960 as the last and eighth team to be organized and awarded a franchise in the (second) American Football League, under the leadership of Billy Sullivan. A historical curiosity is that Boston's entry almost didn't happen. Minneapolis was originally to be the eighth entry and Boston was to be ignored after the failure of Boston to support previous pro football franchises, Boston Redskins, Boston Yanks, Boston Bulldogs and the Boston Yankees. But Minneapolis listened to the blandishments of the counter-attacking NFL, and chose to re-organize as an NFL expansion franchise along with another expansion franchise awarded to Dallas. If it hadn't been for the Cowboys and Vikings, in particular, there would never have been a Patriots franchise. At one point the Patriots were 76 games below .500, although we still loved them.