Jets-Browns matchup of the day: Tuesday

Posted Nov. 09, 2010 @ 6:28 p.m.
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Here's a closer look at a matchup to watch in Sunday's Jets-Browns game.

Jets QB Mark Sanchez vs. the Browns' pass defense

Sanchez, whom the Jets traded up with Cleveland to select No. 5 overall in 2009, has shown improvement after a shaky preseason and season debut vs. Baltimore. He threw for a career-high 323 yards against Detroit in the Jets' 23-20 OT win Sunday, with 188 yards coming in the second half and overtime as New York overcame a 10-point deficit.

Sanchez's accuracy is something of a concern — he's completing just 53.5 percent of his throws, which is lowest among AFC starters — and he is prone to making mistakes in bundles. In just two NFL seasons, he has thrown two or more interceptions in seven regular-season games, including twice this season. Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan figures to try and confuse him. Of course, the Jets are coached by Rex Ryan, Rob's brother, so fooling Sanchez could be easier said than done, but the Browns are likely to show at least a few wrinkles to the Jets' young starter.

Sanchez threw the deep ball well last week, and his on-target strike to WR Braylon Edwards for a 74-yard TD traveled a little more than 69 yards in the air. If the Browns blitz Sanchez, he could have some intriguing one-on-one opportunities. He has a talented WR corps with Edwards, the Browns' No. 1 pick in 2005; Santonio Holmes and Jerricho Cotchery. TE Dustin Keller has very good speed and also poses a tough matchup.

The Browns' pass defense held up well vs. Patriots QB Tom Brady, who completed just 19-of-36 passes for 224 yards. Cleveland didn't allow a pass of more than 26 yards. CB Eric Wright, who has had a somewhat disappointing season, intercepted reserve QB Brian Hoyer late in the game, a good sign. Wright and RCB Sheldon Brown must be wary of the Jets trying to stretch the field.