It's been a tough week for Mark Sanchez, but it's about to get a whole lot better.
Since then, he's been dissected and analyzed from every angle and has had to listen to virtually every talking head in the sports world discuss whether he should continue to be the Jets' starting quarterback.
However, the fourth-year quarterback will bounce back on Sunday, just in time to lead the 2-3 Jets past rookie Andrew Luck's surging Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts, coming off an impressive Week 5 win over the Green Bay Packers, suddenly look like a postseason contender, as Luck has developed a dangerous partnership with longtime star wideout Reggie Wayne.
At the same time, the Jets' playoff chances took serious hits when the team lost its No. 1 receiver in Santonio Holmes for the season and announced that star cornerback Darrelle Revis would need ACL surgery.
Though it would seem that the Colts are in a good position to take down the Jets, Sanchez will build on his Week 5 performance and at least temporarily silence his critics by helping New York to a victory at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
Against the Texans, even without Holmes in the lineup, Sanchez managed to throw for 230 yards against one of the league's best defenses, and he'll be able to better those numbers against a much weaker Colts secondary.
In addition, Sanchez will benefit from having another week of practice with recently-signed receiver Jason Hill, as well as Jeremy Kerley, who has taken on a much bigger role in the offense with Holmes out.
If ever there were a perfect game for Sanchez to make a statement, it's on Sunday against the Colts. Sure, the Colts are coming off a compelling upset win over a perennial contender, but Sanchez will have a much easier time picking apart Indianapolis' secondary than he did against the 49ers or the Texans.
Sanchez's Week 5 performance wasn't perfect, but if he can play that well against the Colts, the Jets will get a much-needed win on Sunday.
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