In week 2 of the 2009 regular season, the Jets overcame an embarassing 8 game home losing streak to the New England Patriots. It was an important moment in the then young Rex Ryan era, demonstrating the Jets would no longer be pushed around by their long superior divisional rival. Yet an even more aspect of that game was Mark Sanchez outplaying Tom Brady. The Jets rookie posted a 101.1 quarterback rating, while Brady struggled to a 53.1.
Finally, the Jets had hope at the quarterback position to duel against the Patriots eventual first ballot Hall of Famer. These hopes were severely rattled later in the 2009 regular season, when Sanchez hit a nasty mid-season slump and turned in an ugly…make that hideous 4 interception performance in New England en route to a 31-14 Jets loss.
So far in year two, the Sanchez of 2009 is nowhere to be found. The quarterback has grown by leaps and bounds and currently has an impressive 16 touchdowns to 8 interceptions, along with 2,472 yards passing. Even better, Sanchez again out dueled Brady again in a week 2 New England/New York match-up by throwing for 220 yards and 3 touchdowns compared to Brady’s 228 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions.
Brady’s stat line in 2010 is All-Pro caliber, with 23 touchdowns compared to 4 interceptions (half of those against the Jets) and 2,703 yards passing. Beyond that, the guy doesn’t lose home regular season games. As a matter of fact, he has won 25 in a row. Yes, 25.
Yet, as we touched on earlier in the week, Monday night is a night for a changing of the guard in the AFC East. Part of that means, it is time for Mark Sanchez to go on the road and beat the Jets most bitter rival and their long haired, Uggz boot endorsing quarterback, who never loses in his building.
We drafted Mark Sanchez to back up Rex Ryan’s big talk on the offensive side of the football. This year he hasn’t disappointed but it would be a major step in his development if he could lead the Jets to a victory on Monday, which would take them one major step closer to becoming the new kings of the AFC East.
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