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Three keys to Jets third straight win

New York Jets, #6 Mark Sanchez of the

New York Jets, #6 Mark Sanchez of the Jets. (Getty Images) Credit: New York Jets, #6 Mark Sanchez of the Jets. (Getty Images)

Forget the final score of the Washington game. That 34-19 win came down to the final minutes. The 7-5 Jets could use a breather, and a big home win against 5-7 Kansas City to at least stay within striking distance of wild-card leaders Baltimore and Pittsburgh - and remain in that second-level cluster with Denver, Tennessee, Cincinnati and Oakland.

They'll have to do three things in order to notch their third straight win, however.

Kansas City has the 25th-worst run defense in the league. This may be just what Mark Sanchez needs to keep the turnovers and bad throws down. Let Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson run roughshod over the front seven and give Sanchez the third-and-shorts that he can handle. A little bit of the Wildcat they unveiled with Greene last week in Washington won't hurt, either.

When he does go back to throw, he'll need protection against a pass rush led by Tamba Hali, who has eight of the Chiefs' 20 sacks. They pressure just enough to make quarterbacks uncomfortable, and that results in turnovers. Their 17 interceptions rank third in the league.

Based on last week's win, the home crowd shouldn't boo Sanchez during introductions. But let him throw a bad pick or two, and the boo-birds will deservedly come out in force once again. Sanchez and his offense need to play a clean, productive game, which will in turn transform the crowd into a raucous home-field advantage that could bury a Chiefs squad that hasn't scored more than 10 points in any of its last five games.

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