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Thursday night will mark the second meeting between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots, which means barring some sort of Tebow Time incident we'll be seeing the second showdown between Mark Sanchez and the Patriots pass defense. Not many glowing things have been said about either of these entities, so it's not exactly a clash of the titans, but an interesting matchup nonetheless.

In their last meeting - Week 7 in New England - Sanchez was actually able to have some success besides the Jets' loss. The Jets quarterback went 28-for-41 for 328 yards and a touchdown, which didn't make the Pats pass defense look too good. However, the Pats did sack Sanchez four times, intercept him once and cause two fumbles (one of which Sanchez lost). Obviously, neither was exactly stunning against the other. Let's go to the tale of the tape for Thursday.

Mark Sanchez
QB rating: 73.4 - 29th in the NFL
Completion percentage: 53.5 percent - last among eligible QBs
Passing yards per game: 203.8 - 25th in NFL
Touchdowns to turnovers: 11-13

New England pass defense
Passing yards against per game: 289.7 - 3rd worst in NFL

As you can see, this is not the unstoppable force vs. the immovable object. This is more the submissive force vs. the "just trying to be better than Tebow" object. Who will come out on top in this fierce rematch? We'll have to wait until Thursday night to see. But the winner of this battle will have a huge impact on which team - the Jets or the Patriots - win the Turkey Day divisional war.

James Bucklin 11/21/2012 04:00:00 PM Edit
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