Mark Sanchez: Struggling New York Jets QB Will Continue Downward Spiral vs. Rams

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 18, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 11:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets passes against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 11, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Just when NFL fans thought Mark Sanchez couldn't get any worse, the New York Jets quarterback laid his biggest egg of the year in Week 10 at Seattle. And although there's nowhere to go but up, don't expect things to get any better for Sanchez and the Jets this weekend versus the Rams.

The fourth-year signal-caller completed less than 41 percent of his passes and accounted for 124 yards passing and an interception versus the Seahawks last weekend.

His passer rating was a season-worst 40.7, and his total quarterback of 6.2 was his worst since Week 4 against the San Francisco 49ers.

Nine games into the season, Sanchez is on pace to record the worst total quarterback rating of his career in 2012, and the worst passer rating since his rookie season with the Jets in 2009. His 52 percent completion rate and 6.3 yards per pass attempt average are both the lowest of his career.

Tim Tebow, anyone?

The reason I ask is because In Week 11 Sanchez will be going up against a losing team, but a very good defense in St. Louis. The Rams rank 13th in fewest passing yards allowed per game (229), and rank 10th in the league in fewest passing touchdowns given up (12).

Considering that Sanchez has thrown just five touchdown passes to six interceptions since the start of Week 4, one has to anticipate he'll struggle to string drives together and put points on the board inside the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday. 

Another key stat that suggests Sanchez's nightmares have just begun is this: St. Louis' secondary has allowed a total of 906 passing yards and four touchdowns in four home games in 2012. They are 3-1 in those four games. If you take away the Rams' Week 7 loss to the Green Bay Packers, then those numbers look even scarier (574 yards, one touchdown, four interceptions in three wins). 

St. Louis' opponents are averaging as many interceptions as touchdown passes against them inside the dome.

Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Kevin Kolb have all been exposed and beaten down at St. Louis this season, and if you consider Sanchez to be on the same level as those guys, then odds are he'll be severely outplayed by Sam Bradford on Sunday.

Unfortunately for the Jets, the recipe is clearly there in Week 11 for another Mark Sanchez meltdown.


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