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Mark Sanchez possesses special powers

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has evolved from a disaster-prone rookie into some sort of witch.

In Sunday's stupefying 30-27 shock job on the Houston Texans, the young quarterback was at his best when he was chased the most.

ESPN Stats & Information noted when the Texans deployed five or more pass-rushers, Sanchez completed 12 of his 18 attempts for 189 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a plump 141.0 passer rating. He also scrambled twice for 22 yards.

And when the Texans sent six pass-rushers, Sanchez was even better. He completed five of his seven throws, including all three of his touchdown passes.

"This is a different guy," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "He's got great experience, 25 games as an NFL starter. He grew so much in the offseason. I always mention it. His teammates know that he’s the first guy in and the last guy to leave. He does it every single day. He's prepared. He prepares like a pro. Now he’s reaping the benefits. Our whole football team and our fan base is reaping the benefits.

"We knew when we drafted him that we drafted the right guy. He's going to be the right guy for the next 10 years here."