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New York Jets: Mark Sanchez The Early Favorite To Start Regular Season?

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is fighting for his life in trying to keep his starting QB job with Gang Green. It will be very hard since every single thing Sanchez does will be put under a microscope and be heavily scrutinized … like an interception, for example.

Speaking of interceptions, Sanchez hit an huge speed bump early at the start of last week’s first preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, as he threw an interception for a touchdown in his first offensive drive to start the year.

I have to admit that I immediately thought his starting job was officially gone after I saw that pick-six, but I was definitely wrong. Sanchez ended up rebounding in his next couple of offensive series, even leading the Jets down field in a drive and throwing a 26-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland.

After Sanchez’s turn was done, it was time for rookie quarterback Geno Smith to shine and steal the starting job away. Unfortunately, we didn’t see much from Smith; not that he was bad as he was 6-of-7 for 47 yards passing, but he had to leave the game earlier than expected after rolling his ankle from scrambling and trying to run for a first down.

Smith’s ankle has continued to bother him during this entire week of practice, and it has definitely effected his play as he threw four interceptions in one day of practice this week.

So with Smith not being able to show off his skills in game one of the preseason, and with the question of his ability to even play at all later tonight in game two against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sanchez looks to be the early favorite in protecting his starting quarterback job in 2013 … at least for opening day.

Steven Carollo is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook, and join his Google network.