As the Jets prepare to host the Patriots on Thanksgiving, coach Rex Ryan said the team will place a special emphasis on avoiding the “strip-sack” that has plagued the Jets and that New England has been excellent at this season.
“New England has forced six strip-sacks this season,” Ryan said. “Number 50, I think, ‘Nickvitch’ [Rob Ninkovich] or whatever his name is – he’s a good player. I know him by number. He’s forced [five] fumbles or something like that this year. They do a great job of attacking the football. I think they lead the league in forced fumbles. It’s something they’ve always done a great job of. So we have to make sure that we’re protecting the football at all costs.
“We have to be mindful of that. We know that obviously we’re vulnerable. It’s what the stats would indicate. But this is what they do as well. It’s something we have to do a great job of and guard against.”
It was Ninkovitch who sacked Mark Sanchez and forced a fumble to end the Patriots’ 29-26 overtime victory on Oct. 21.