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Jets will try to avoid 'strip-sack' this week

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21: Rob Ninkovich #50

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21: Rob Ninkovich #50 of the New England Patriots brings down Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets in the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Credit: Getty Jim Rogash

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.

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