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Mark Sanchez is 1st choice

Seizes control of Jets QB job

The last time the New York Jets [team stats] faced the Patriots [team stats], quarterback Mark Sanchez completed 28-of-41 passes for 328 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Considering that success, surely Sanchez will see a different defensive look when the teams meet again on Thursday night in East Rutherford, N.J.

Or will he?

After eight career games against defenses designed by Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Sanchez has learned to expect the unexpected.“Some years the first game and the second game have looked similar, some years it looks like two different teams,” Sanchez said. “Never because of their effort or because they’re out of position or anything — they’re always good that way — but just schemes and stuff. It’s been Jekyll and Hyde at times, but other times they stay to what they do. So, we’ll see.”Perhaps Sanchez will again see the soft zones that he picked apart with underneath passes in the Jets’ 29-26 overtime loss in Week 7. But there’s also the chance that the Patriots will bring the pressure they used to rattle Indianapolis rookie quarterback Andrew Luck into four turnovers in Sunday’s 59-24 win.“They’re great at getting after the football, and when they win the turnover battle, their numbers are just staggering in the win and loss column,” Sanchez said. “They play so sound and so well. They really just are always in good position. They try to outlast teams until the other guys make the mistake. And they have such confidence in their offense that even if they don’t necessarily stop us or they can hold us to a field goal, that their offense will go out and score. That’s always how they’ve been.“They’ve always been one of the toughest teams we’ve played so it’s always a good challenge and (Belichick is) a heck of a coach.”

The Patriots rode that bend-but-don’t-break strategy to a successful outcome in the teams’ first meeting of the season.

“Really one more first down and we get a chance to win that thing,” Sanchez said. “Last game is last game. We’ll put it in its place, learn from it, hopefully improve and hopefully play our best football on Thursday.”After consecutive shaky performances following the loss to the Patriots, Sanchez bounced back in New York’s 27-13 win Sunday over the St. Louis Rams. He completed 15-of-20 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown without a turnover.“Clearly, he did an excellent job,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “I think the (passer) rating was 118, so I’d love to sign up for that type of day, for sure.”

Sanchez has dodged controversies as much as pass rushers this season.With opponents registering 25 sacks, the quarterback probably has done a better job avoiding the former.There have been repeated calls for Sanchez’ job, a clamoring increased by the presence of backup quarterback Tim Tebow. Despite the scrutiny, Sanchez hasn’t allowed his confidence to waver.“It’s part of the job. It’s just the way things go when things don’t go right on the field,” Sanchez said. “That’s natural, and it’s a little more enhanced here in a market like this. It’s part of the territory, we’ve been there before, and it doesn’t really affect what we’re doing. That’s one of the things you learn as you play longer and longer: You can’t let it affect your preparation because then it’s just an avalanche. You fall into that trap and it’ll never end.

“You’ve got to stay true to what you know and keep trusting yourself and, like (center Nick) Mangold says, ‘Keep slinging it.’ ”

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Jets Announce Lenny Kravitz Will Perform Thanksgiving Night at Halftime

The Jets announced today that Grammy Award-winning artist and lifelong Jets fan Lenny Kravitz will perform live on Thanksgiving night when the team hosts the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium.

The halftime show will feature a medley of Kravitz’s hits and highlight “Like A Jet,” the song he penned exclusively for the Green & White. “Like A Jet” is part of the Pepsi NFL Anthems program, a national campaign that brings to life originally created anthems for seven NFL teams around the league. Fans can get a free download of “Like a Jet” at PepsiAnthems.com. The Jets-Patriots game is presented by Pepsi.The game on Thanksgiving has been dedicated to helping and honoring all those affected by Hurricane Sandy. At the game, the Jets will continue their support by partnering with the American Red Cross to collect monetary donations at all MetLife Stadium gates, with the team matching the total donation, up to $100,000, made by fans that night.

The Jets previously announced they will also honor 100 first responders during the game. The responders will participate in pregame duties, including holding a field-sized American flag for the National Anthem, to be performed by the Newark Boys Chorus. The team will also honor all those affected by Hurricane Sandy with a moment of silence before the opening kickoff.Fans attending the game will receive a special free gift — a Jets-branded scarf — and 100 lucky fans will have the opportunity to be on-field for the Kravitz halftime performance courtesy of Pepsi. The team is encouraging fans to keep their scarves, including the Pepsi NFL Anthems hang tags, handy and to pay close attention to the videoboards during the first quarter of the game for more on this opportunity.

Also, fans with the Jets official mobile app downloaded to their phones with Jets Connect enabled will have the chance to experience the halftime performance from the field. Fans are being encouraged to check their smartphones when arriving at the stadium for details.During the game, 11 sixth-graders from Florham Park, Madison and Harding, N.J., who were selected for their commitment and involvement in the Jets Play 60 Challenge presented by Kinect for Xbox360 will lead the team out of the tunnel during introductions. Also, each participant will receive an Xbox 360 console with Kinect.Fans who cannot attend the game will be able to enjoy the Kravitz halftime show and see the first-ever live performance of the Pepsi NFL Anthem “Like A Jet” as part of the NBC television broadcast. For the latest on the team and for the complete Gameday Guide, visit newyorkjets.com.

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Happy Thanksgiving to All! Even with our shortcomings, we have much to be thankful for. God Bless America. Thoughts and prayers to victims of Sandy! We will overcome!

thank you ! !...as far as " ... We will overcome! " ; i hope you're right :winking0001:

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