By Mike ReissESPN Staff Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and the NFL:
1. There are many notable storylines leading into Sunday’s rematch of last season's AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and Jaguars, which includes the owners’ box for both teams.
If the Patriots win, it will be the 300th victory of Robert Kraft’s ownership tenure, which is a benchmark-type number. Jaguars owner Shad Khan hopes the Jaguars deny Kraft that milestone, but at the same time, he is happy to acknowledge the success of someone who has quickly become a close friend.
“Robert was the first owner who called when it was announced that I had made a deal to purchase the Jaguars from Wayne [Weaver] and [his wife,] Delores. And he was the first owner who called me when the deal actually closed on Jan. 4, 2012. He said, ‘Welcome to a life of experiencing the highest of highs and the lowest of lows -- that’s the NFL, and there is nothing like it.’ And he was right,” Khan told ESPN.com.
If win No. 300 comes Sunday against the Jaguars, it would be in the 430th game of Kraft’s ownership tenure -- easily the fastest a franchise has hit the mark in an ownership tenure. The Broncos reached 300 wins for owner Pat Bowlen in his 30th season (501 games), while the Raiders hit the mark for Al Davis in his 31st season (495...