Super Bowl Sanchez? Heroics Make Jets Look Like The Favorite to Win It All

Brad WolffContributor INovember 22, 2010

Sanchez at yesterday's game
Sanchez at yesterday's gameJim McIsaac/Getty Images

Three weeks in a row. 

Week 9, November 7th, At Detroit

Big Idea: Mark Sanchez two minute drill leads Jets to overtime game winning kick.

Jets win 23-20


Week 10, November 14th, At Cleveland

Big Idea: Jets blow lead in the fourth quarter. With :30 left in overtime, Sanchez throws a slant to Santonio Holmes who runs it in to complete a 37 yard game winning touchdown.

Jets win 26-20


Week 11, November 21th, Houston

Big Idea: Jets blow lead in the 4th quarter, giving up 20 unanswered points. Mark Sanchez, in the final minute, runs a no timeout offense, and in 5 plays creates a Jet touchdown after an amazing catch by Braylon Edwards, and then a 6 yard catch for a touchdown my Santonio Holmes (again!).

Jets win 30-27


The Jets came into the season as Super Bowl contenders because of their great defense, which includes All-Pro's David Harris and Darrelle Revis (after some Revis contract drama of course.) Who would've thought that the defense would be so bad in the fourth quarter? What NFL fan would think Mark Sanchez would be an MVP contender in his second year while averaging 300 passing yards per game with just 7 interceptions all season (after a 20 interception season last year)? Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes have made the Jets FAVORITES to win the Super Bowl. 

"Sanchise," for lack of a better nickname, has put his "Mark" on the definition of miracles. Normally when you see a team so thrilling and exciting to watch, you get the gut feeling I have that they will win the Super Bowl. I was not 100% on board that the Jets would win the Super Bowl at the start of the season--- in fact, I debated on why I don't think the Jets would win the Super Bowl--- but Santonio Holmes' amazing game winning catches should make all NFL fans think the Jets will win it all. Sanchez, not the defense, have made Rex Ryan's team the team to beat. 

The Jets finished 2009 just one game from the Super Bowl (losing badly to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game), after a miraculous ride in the postseason. I think that since the Jets defeated the New England Patriots in week two, and the Patriots just beat the Colts last night, there's a good chance the Jets could beat both of them. The Colts and Patriots are two of the three best teams in American Football Conference (the Jets being the other), even though Indy's record (6-4) doesn't indicate that. Also, if you take a look at the National Football Conference, the team with the best record is the Atlanta Falcons, who lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles--- two of the best teams on their schedule. Atlanta, who is not as good as Michael Vick's Eagles, are the second best in the NFC. The only problem for the Jets are the Green Bay Packers.

When I interviewed Mark Sanchez in June of 2010, Mark told me that if I ever wanted to go to a game to give him a ring, I could; well I did, and chose to go to the Packers game. The Packers seem to be the only team standing in the way of New York's road to Super Bowl glory. On Halloween, the Packers defeated an offenseless Jets team 9-0. Since then, the Jets have three come-from-behind wins. And I have another bold prediction: If the Jets and Packers were to square off in Dallas on Super Bowl Sunday, the Jets, the "Miracle Jets", would take down Aaron Rodgers and the Packers defense.

My interview with Mark Sanchez is located at 

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