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It’s funny how one play can change perceptions. It can turn optimistic prognostications into ones filled with fear and loathing. One play can, quite simply, turn fantasy into reality. Such is the case when a rookie quarterback with suspect offensive talent around him faces the brutal gang known as the Baltimore Ravens defense. A mere two downs into their first possession of the evening, New York Jets rookies quarterback Sanchez was introduced to Ray Lewis in the way Lewis introduces himself to most opposing rookies: By knocking the piss out of them.

The result of Lewis’ greeting was a pick-six, courtesy of Haloti Ngata, who was Johnny-On-The-Spot, collecting Sanchez’ feeble offering and taking it to paydirt. Granted, most of us would fold like event tables in the face of an on-rushing Ray Lewis, but then again, most of us aren’t being asked to pull the New York Jets out of mediocrity and being paid handsomely based on our potential to do so.

With that, it’s safe to say Sanchez has been officially welcomed to the NFL. More importantly, he’s also getting an idea of what it’s like to play in the AFC, home of such defenses like Baltimore and Pittsburgh; not to mention, balmy playing conditions like Buffalo, New England and your new home stadium.

It’s going to be a little different than the conditions in Southern California.