2. The Jetsí remarkable patience with Mark Sanchez is paying off.
Rex Ryan is the only coach in the league thatís been winning big games without a franchise QB over the last three years. The fact that he got the Jets to back-to-back AFC title games with Sanchez ranked 28th and 27th in passer rating is one of the great achievements in league history, especially in this pass-first era.
There must have been a huge temptation to make a splash for a veteran quarterback while Sanchez was costing the Jets wins, but Mike Tannenbaum held the line.
And now, itís paying off. Sanchez only had 16 games with passer ratings over 80 in his first 32 regular season starts, but heís done it seven of eight weeks here in 2011.
Heís No. 16 in passer rating for the season (84.0), which isnít great Ė but the Jets donít need him to be, as they showed Sunday in holding the Bills to 11 points that could easily have been a shutout.