Oct 14, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) hands the ball off to running back Joe McKnight (25) against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Jets won 35-9. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Mark Sanchez on Playing the Patriots

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It’s a big week for the New York Jets, and especially a big week for the starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez. He has had some of his best professional games against the Patriots, as well as some of his worst. With a weak secondary in New England, this game may fall a lot on Mark’s shoulders on Sunday. He talked about playing the Patriots in his press conference yesterday:

It’s a big game for us, just division standing-wise. We want to win those games in our division. We’ve been successful so far, but we’re going to have to play well this week. It’s always a good road trip. It’s a familiar place and you can’t stress (it) enough, just controlling the football (and) playing our very best in all three phases. That’s what the coaches are preaching.

Here is what Mark had to say about the New England defense:

They force turnovers. They’ve given up some longer drives, but they don’t let a lot of teams into the end zone. They’ve played sharp for the most part. It’s always a good challenge and they’re highlighted with great players every year, obviously (Vince) Wilfork up front, (Brandon) Spikes and (Jerod) Mayo in the middle there with the linebackers. (They have) (Patrick) Chung, (Devin) McCourty and all those guys who generally play well.

It will be a tough game, that’s for sure. The Jets can pull the upset, it will take a complete effort, as Mark noted earlier.

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