It all comes down to the quarterback: the main key to the game for the Jets is the performance of third-year QB Mark Sanchez. Sanchez has shown more maturity and poise in the pocket so far this season, but has made critical errors that have raised questions about his ability to lead this team to the Super Bowl.
While his mistakes need to be corrected, many of them can be contributed to the lack of time Sanchez has to throw the ball.
However, despite the constant pressure from opposing defenses, Sanchez has missed a number of very make-able throws and must improve on his accuracy in order to keep the Jets' offense moving.
Getting the running game established would greatly help his performance, but his accuracy must improve if the Jets hope to keep their offense moving. This game could very well come down to how Sanchez performs.
In the Jets' three victories over the Patriots the last two years, Sanchez has played well and limited his mistakes. The end results have been wins.
During their two losses to the Patriots, Sanchez greatly struggled, made poor decisions and the Jets ended up losing. His play could significantly affect the outcome of the game.
In order for the Jets to win on Sunday and stay in the thick of the playoff and division race, Sanchez must step up his play and become the quarterback New York thought it was drafting in 2009. He has the talent and weapons; now is the time for Sanchez to step up, take control of this team and lead them to the Super Bowl.