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What to watch for

2012-11-11T00:00:00Z What to watch forDylan McKinley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 11, 2012 12:00 am  • 

The matchup: Jets QB Mark Sanchez vs. Seahawks' Pete Carroll, his former coach

• In the first three years of Sanchez's career, he improved each season: 53.8 percent of his passes completed and a 63.0 passer rating as a rookie became 54.8 and 74.3 in Year 2. Along with more improvement to 56.7 and 78.2 in 2011, he threw 26 TDs - progression! Not so much this year. As the Jets have stumbled to a 3-5 record, Sanchez has plateaued. He's completing 52.9 percent of his passes and sports a 72.8 rating. Among qualified QBs (14 attempts or more per game), the percentage is dead last. So Pete Carroll, his boss at USC, has to be champing at the bit for this one. He's unbeaten at home this year, and his defense is 7th in passing yards allowed.

Fantasy Gold: Pittsburgh Steelers D

• It's not exactly rocket science here this week, but in case you haven't been paying attention - the Kansas City Chiefs have turned the ball over 29 times in eight games, and four of those turnovers have been returned for touchdowns. The Steelers, meanwhile, are getting hot on defense after a slow start (for them). They're first in the AFC in yards allowed per game, and they're coming off a road win over the Giants in which they held Eli Manning to 125 yards passing, no touchdowns and a interception. If for some reason you can still get them, do - and enjoy your Monday night success.

Numbers game

7

Bears CB Charles Tillman's number of forced fumbles this season, according to NFL.com. With eight games to play, he's well within reach of Giant Osi Umenyiora's season record of 10.

0

Minutes in regulation that the 1-7 Kansas City Chiefs have held a lead over an opponent. Watch this space weekly as we track history in the making.

323, 0; 471, 7

Buccaneers' rookie RB Doug Martin's rushing yards and rushing TDs through the first five games of the season, and those same stats over the last three, respectively. The former Boise State star had 251 rushing yards and four TDs last week.

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