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Motley Athletics: The AFC East

by Max Gosselin-Ildari on December 5, 2010.

A battle between two bitter foes, the two top teams in the AFC, The New York Jets and The New England Patriots, will conclude this week of football on a most excellent note. Rex Ryan and his internationally ranked beer belly brings his soaring squad into Foxboro where Bill Belichik and Tom Brady await, hungry for revenge.

I think we can all appreciate the strengths and weakness of the New England Patriots, but the Jets are more of a mystery. Aside from last week’s beat-down on the Bengals, a team the Buffalo Bills even managed to stomp (astutely predicted by yours truly) the Jets have not had an impressive win since September. Perhaps I neglect the proficiency and tenacity the Jets display week after week, winning close games again and again. But still, while sipping my metaphorical tea and silently judging their inability to dominate such teams as the Lions, Texans, and Browns, I wonder, what are they missing? And now I can tell you. Thomas Jones.

Ha, no, I’m kidding. It’s solid quarterback play. Mark Sanchez has this peculiar capability of tricking us into thinking he is a decent quarterback (some pheromone I don’t know) but in reality, his numbers are no better than Ryan Fitzpatrick’s! In his last 6 games, games against opponents with lowly ranked secondaries, Sanchez has thrown 8 TDs and 8 picks. In Rex Ryan’s defense oriented system, Sanchez works. But he does not have the capacity to take his team to the next level. This fact will show itself on Monday.

Jets 10 Pats 27

-Max

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