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'Sanchise' must rise to the challenge

Mark Sanchez dropped a dud Monday in Foxborough. One game, though, won't overshadow what has been an improved season.

Mark Sanchez dropped a dud Monday in Foxborough. One game, though, won't overshadow what has been an improved season.

Sanchez's numbers are better overall in his second season, and at Week 14, he has already equaled the team’s win total from last season.

Sure, the Jets' playoff hopes hinge on his ability to perform better, but isn't that what you want from your "Sanchise" quarterback?

“This year, we played Baltimore -- it wasn’t exactly a stellar performance by anybody that day. [Next week] he comes out and has a (124.3) rating against New England in a victory,” coach Rex Ryan said. “We played Green Bay. We get shut out. He responds by throwing for (336) yards against Detroit. He’s a guy that traditionally has responded well. I hope that’s what happens this week. “

The Jets “hope” but the schedule doesn’t bode well against a Miami pass defense ranked fifth in the league.

Also making it tough on New York is the fact that Sanchez has had a hard team leading his team to victory against an upper-tier team in the NFL. The Jets have played teams who currently hold a winning record four times this season and have just one win. In those losses, Sanchez has been miserable, completing just under 48 percent of his passes and he hasn’t thrown a touchdown opposite of five interceptions.

Sanchez, however, is looking to be “set free” after a Monday night performance where his quarterback rating was 27.8.

“After a big loss like that, a tough loss, it’s always fundamentals: decision-making, accuracy [and] footwork,” Sanchez said. “Those three right there, that and a good week of prep, it’ll set you free on game day.

“These turnovers need to get cut down,. There’s no two ways about it, just better decisions sometimes.”

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