Making His Mark : Is the Time Now for Mark Sanchez?

Chris FaigCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets in action against the New England Patriots during their  game on September 19, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Mark Sanchez can now say that he led the Jets to victory in an extremely impressive 28-14 win over the rival New England Patriots.  After an entire NFL season, a playoff run, and two games into his second season, Mark Sanchez finally looked like the elite quarterback he can potentially be.

The future of the franchise completed 21 of his 30 passes for 220 yards with no interceptions thrown and three touchdowns.  Sanchez also recorded a QB rating of 124.3, which is his career best in a regular season game.

Sure it is only one game, but this is the caliber of play in which Mark Sanchez is supposed to produce on a weekly basis.  Every other game up to Week Two of this year, it has seemed as if Sanchez was being held back.  Against the Patriots that was not the case, with Sanchez throwing bombs all over the field throughout the game.  He was able to gain some confidence in his arm and exemplify how good he truly is and how great he can really be.

Critics and analysts will continue to criticize Sanchez until he can perform like he did in Week Two on a consistent basis.  Well, let me tell you that the "Sanchise" will consistently play at this high-level.  It's evident that he's becoming more aware of the tendencies and capabilities of his wide receivers and offensive lineman.

Sometimes all it takes is one game for a quarterback to really become completely comfortable, believing in his game and what his arm is capable of at this higher NFL level of play.  And to the people that think that one game means nothing, lets remember the Jets played against the New England Patriots, one of the most dominating NFL organizations in the last ten years and beat them convincingly.

Now it's time for Sanchez and the Jets to head to Miami and prove that the offensive magic shown last Sunday will not be a disappearing act.  Mark Sanchez finally had a breakthrough game; now it's time to transform into the elite quarterback that he is destined to be.