Jets-Patriots: Expect New York To Run All over the Pats on Sunday

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Published: September 19, 2009

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... the AFC East rival New England Patriots.

Heading into the grudge match, much has been said about the ability of Pats coach Bill Belichick to disguise defensive coverages and confound a young quarterback.

That’s certainly true, and Sanchez figures to have some rough moments at Giants Stadium. He’ll take the kind of graduate exam in reading defenses and avoiding the rush that he never faced in his one year as a starter at USC.

But it’s also true that if the Jets play to their strength Sunday, then Sanchez won’t have to win the game on his own.

Indeed, Sanchez may be only a supporting player.

The Jets, on paper, should be able to run the ball down the Patriots’ throats.

It would be a surprise if the Jets are not able to control the clock, the tempo, and the game with Thomas Jones and Leon Washington running behind a solid, veteran offensive line.

It would be a surprise if the Jets don’t win the time of...

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