Bruschi's Breakdown on Patriots-Jets

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Every week before the Patriots play a game, Tedy Bruschi and Mike Reiss dissect the action as part of "Bruschi's Breakdown." This week's breakdown is posted and Bruschi sees a tough game for the Patriots on Thursday night against the New York Jets.

Bruschi starts off by discussing the biggest topic in New England this week, the absence of tight end Rob Gronkowski:

“The Gronkowski loss is huge. He just can't be replaced. The offense is going to be different and I don't think they are going to be as effective. He was huge in the first matchup versus the Jets. ... This is the biggest loss they can have, minus Tom Brady. We already saw what it did when he wasn't 100 percent against the Giants in the Super Bowl. This is really where offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels earns his money this week. How different will they be, how creative can he be, and how can they attack the Jets' defense without Gronkowski?

And here’s Tedy’s take on what he expects from Mark Sanchez on Thursday:

“Many people see Sanchez as a game-manager, not a quarterback who is going to test you down the field. He likes the safe throws -- the slants, the quick throws, three-step drops. That's what game managers do, they don't want to make mistakes. I liked the Jets' plan that day against the Patriots because Sanchez was going down the field and attacking the secondary. The Jets' offensive coaches recognized that, and they hit some play-action passes. Sanchez looked like a different quarterback, throwing down the field with accuracy. You can anticipate that again on Thursday night.”

To read "Bruschi's Breakdown", CLICK HERE.