Mark Sanchez excels in the clutch

By Marc A. Greenberg

A quick look at New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez’ stats against the Cleveland Browns this week shows a good game: 27/44, 299 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 1 rushing TD.

A closer look at the game itself shows you how far Sanchez has come, and how, hopefully the Browns game was the turning point for Sanchez and his career.

With his scrambling and patience, Sanchez was instrumental in the Jets victory Sunday.  His ability to evade defenders to make plays like a 25-yard touchdown to Jerricho Cotchery in the first half and the third-down conversion in overtime (Cotchery’s catch) were examples of his brilliance.

Right tackle Damien Woody calls it the “Mad Minute.” “They’re pretty exhausting,” Woody said, “but you’ll take those type of plays any day.”

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Sanchez had a 131.3 passer rating outside the pocket against the Browns, completing five of eight throws for 72 yards and the touchdown to Cotchery.

We will see if the trend continues on Sunday against Houston, but for now, Sanchez has been the star of the show.