New England Patriots: Mark Sanchez

Opposite ends for Brady, Sanchez

October, 29, 2012
After the New England Patriots fell behind the St. Louis Rams 7-0, quarterback Tom Brady took over the game as the Patriots outscored the Rams 45-0 the rest of the way.

Brady’s 98.4 Total QBR on Sunday -- he was 23 of 35 for 304 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions -- is tied for his highest in a single game over the last five seasons and is the second-highest for any player in 2012, trailing only Alex Smith's Week 5 performance that netted him a 99.2 Total QBR.

Brady has had a penchant for stepping up in big games on the road the last few seasons. Sunday marked the seventh time he’s had a Total QBR above 90 in a road game since 2010 – most in the NFL.

On the opposite end of the spectrum from Brady is New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez. In the Jets’ 30-9 loss to the Dolphins, Sanchez had a Total QBR of 12.1. Since coming into the league in 2009, Sanchez has had 12 games in which his Total QBR was under 15 – most in the NFL.

To put those struggles in some perspective, Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees have combined to have one game with a sub-15 Total QBR in that span.

Total QBR can be used to quantify just how important the quarterback position has become to winning in the NFL. Looking back to previous years, the team with the higher Total QBR has won 86% of regular season games since 2008 (as far back as Total QBR goes). That is higher than the comparable mark for teams with the advantage in total yardage, turnover differential, and NFL passer rating.

Stats spotlight on Sanchez, Jets' offense

October, 19, 2012
Five things to know about quarterback Mark Sanchez and the Jets’ offense:

1. Including playoffs, Sanchez has 5 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in his last two road games against the Patriots after throwing 1 TD and 7 interceptions in his first two road games against the Patriots.

2. Tim Tebow has played a total of 45 offensive snaps this season. The most consecutive snaps Tebow has played in a game is three in Week 2, his only three offensive snaps in the game. Tebow has played back-to-back snaps four other times this season (twice in Week 3 and Week 5).

3. One area Sanchez has actually improved this season is the deep ball. Sanchez has nine completions on throws more than 20 yards downfield this season, just two shy of his total from 2011. The Patriots have allowed a league-high 16 completions on such throws this season and the second-most touchdowns (5).

4. Shonn Greene rushed for a career-high 161 yards in Week 6, the most by a Jet since Thomas Jones in Week 6 2009 (210 yards). Greene also became the first Jets player with 160 rushing yards and 3 rushing TDs in a game. In 6 career games against the Patriots, Greene has never rushed for more than 83 yards.

5. The Jets scored a season-high 5 offensive touchdowns in Week 6 after combining for 3 offensive touchdowns in their 4 previous games.

Young: Put Sanchez in position to succeed

January, 13, 2011

In the video above, Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young talks about how the Jets handle Mark Sanchez on Sunday.

“It’s feast or famine recently with him,” Young says. “Do [the Jets] hold him back and try to run the football and stay close and try to make some plays ion the fourth quarter, which they did a few weeks on the road in mid-season? Or do they go out like against the Patriots last time, start with the no-huddle and let him try to win the game? I don’t think that worked very well.

“What I thought was nice last week if you watched the Ravens game with Joe Flacco, what they did with him was they were careful, yet they let him expand the inside-the-numbers [passing game], throw to tight ends, play action -- nice, safe, but crisp passes that loosened up the defense. That’s what the Jets have to do.

“Sanchez has to be able to do that. The Jets cannot just go in there and run the football against the Patriots, shorten the game and win that game -- it’s not going to work. Mark Sanchez is going to have to do significant things to beat the Patriots. But they can’t put him out front, I don’t think that’s the way to beat them. They still have to run the football, but he’s gotta make those passes between the numbers early and often in the first half.”

For more on Sanchez, check out this story by’s Jane McManus, who wonders whether Sanchez can bounce back from his last game in Foxborough, in which he threw three interceptions and had a 27.8 passer rating in the 45-3 drubbing.

Patriots 31, Jets 14

November, 22, 2009
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Capitalizing on erratic rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez (four interceptions), and sparked by receiver Wes Welker’s career-high 15 catches, the New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets 31-14 Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots jumped out to a 24-0 second-quarter lead and had a chance to bury the Jets early in the second half, but they didn’t deliver a decisive knockout punch until late in the fourth quarter.

The victory, coming seven days after a heartbreaking loss in Indianapolis, improves the Patriots’ record to 7-3 and keeps them two games ahead of the Dolphins (5-5) in the AFC East.

Cornerback Leigh Bodden tied a Patriots record with three interceptions, while safety Brandon Meriweather had the team’s other pickoff. Sanchez also lost a fumble late in the fourth quarter. Sanchez was 8 of 20 for 136 yards, with one touchdown and the four interceptions.

Welker was the catalyst for the Patriots' offense, his 15 catches going for 192 yards. Quarterback Tom Brady finished 28 of 41 for 310 yards and one touchdown.

Randy Moss had five catches for 34 yards and one touchdown in his duel with Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, with Revis more than holding his own.

Reaction from both teams to come.

Patriots fired up in first half

November, 22, 2009
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Analysis from the first half with the Patriots leading the Jets 24-7:

This has been as energized and hard hitting of a first half as the Patriots have played this season. It has helped that Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has been jittery and sporadic (2 INTs, one returned 53 yards by Leigh Bodden for a TD). Sanchez is 2 of 9 for 15 yards.

The Jets aren’t built to play from so far behind. They entered the game leading the NFL in rushing yards per game, but they’ll need to throw it to get back into this one. Sanchez doesn’t look capable of making it happen.

The individual matchup that was a top storyline entering the game -- Randy Moss vs. Darrelle Revis -- has been fun to watch. Revis is doing his part to help limit Moss (4 catches, 21 yards, TD) with physical play at the line and the ability to stay with him down the field. The Patriots have tried to go to Moss when it’s been a one-on-one matchup down the field, but Revis has answered the challenge more often than not.

At one juncture, the Patriots ran a bunch formation with Moss and Wes Welker as a way to help Moss shake free of Revis. On another play, three defenders broke toward Moss, opening a lane for Welker for a big gain. Welker (8 catches, 139 yards) has been terrific.

The Patriots are playing a base 3-4 defense, then going to a dime package (6 defensive backs) on obvious passing situations. The dime has swarmed, as that is the package in which Bodden has his two interceptions and the Patriots also have a sack.

The Patriots have brought a physical edge to this game, whether it has been left tackle Mark LeVoir crunching defensive back Donald Strickland on a receiver screen, or Laurence Maroney lowering his shoulder and steamrolling over a defender. Each time, the Patriots sideline has erupted as the hard hitting has helped the team build momentum.

On special teams, the Patriots had a punt blocked and recovered for a touchdown late in the second quarter. It looked like a case where the team might have missed special teams captain Sam Aiken as the personal protector, as Pat Chung blocked inside as pressure came to his left.

The Jets get the ball to start the second half.