New York Jets Must Keep Mark Sanchez Clean in AFC Championship Game

January 21, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers take the field in the AFC Championship Game, among the main goals for both teams will be to place the opposing quarterback under constant siege and ensure their own signal caller remains as comfortable in the pocket as possible.
In the Divisional Playoffs, the Jets demonstrated how the brilliant execution of this stratagem can alter the outlook of a game from the opening kickoff to the final whistle.
Coming into the playoffs, the New England Patriots ranked second in the AFC (fifth in the NFL) on the New York Life Protection Index, the authoritative measure of a team’s aptitude in pass protection, while Gang Green narrowly finished outside the top five in the conference, coming in at No. 7 (11th in the NFL).
However, the roles were dramatically reversed in the third clash between the heated division rivals last week.
The Patriots defense didn’t register a sack or a single quarterback hit during the entir...

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