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Sánchez Barely Breaks a Sweat in Jets' Win

Talk about an easy day at the office.

Mark Sánchez, the starting quarterback for the New York Jets, played one series in yesterday's 38-7 win over the Buffalo Bills

He didn't even throw one pass in the blowout. After the opening series, in which he handed off for runs nine times, Sánchez took a seat and gave way to backup Mark Brunell, who tossed two touchdowns.

"That was great," Sánchez said. "It was fun for me to watch."

Coach Rex Ryan went back-and-forth all week on whether to start his second-year quarterback. In the end, he decided to start Sánchez to keep him in the swing of things. 

Sánchez teased that he only started to keep his modest games-started streak going.

"I was keeping the streak alive," a smiling Sánchez said of his cameo appearance. "Look out, Brett."

Despite starting Sánchez, Ryan protected his young leader's sore right shoulder by forbidding him to throw any passes.

Other starters took the day off, too. LaDainian Tomlinson, Shonn Greene, Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie all sat this one out. But New York still earned the fourth 11-win season in franchise history, and first since the 1998 team went to the AFC championship game.

With the Jets' win, the team earns the right to play Saturday night against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. The game will be a rematch of last year's American Football Conference championship game.

Sánchez said his shoulder is "all right, it's ready to play," but this week served as a way to get an extra week of rest without sitting out completely. He said he doesn't know if the shoulder will need surgery after the season, but insisted he can play well through it the rest of the way.

"We're in a good place on offense and we wanted to keep that rolling," he said, "and I think we did."

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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