Tom Brady vs. Mark Sanchez: By the numbers
Tom Brady, the NFL's No. 1 QB, and the New England Patriots take on the NY Jets, the No. 1 defense, with quarterback Mark Sanchez. Each team is battling to be the best in the AFC East. Who has the edge?
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Brady currently has the highest passing rating (105.8 ) in the NFL. He hasn't thrown an interception since October. Sanchez (81.9 passing rating) shows up somewhere around No. 20 in NFL. Brady exceeds Sanchez on almost every other measure.
But the passing rating is a fairly narrow window, and arguably isn't the best way to judge a quarterback's success in the NFL.
If you look at total passing yardage, Brady and Sanchez are not so far apart. Brady's at No. 12 among NFL field generals, and Sanchez at No. 18.
May be the Patriots do a better job of protecting their passer? Yes, but not by much. Sanchez has been sacked 19 times, and Brady 15 times.
There's no question that in professional football today, it's all about The Arm. But, in Monday night's game, is Brady likely to be the winning difference for the Pats or will other factors be more important? And if you believe that the Patriots can beat the Jets, are they good enough to win the Super Bowl?