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Sanchez is sure that things will turn around, but with trips to Pittsburgh and Chicago ahead, the challenges are mounting.

“I don’t know how many negative words you can use to describe it,” he said. “We’re 9-4 and we’re still right there. We’re in better shape than last year and we made the playoffs and went all the way to the AFC championship game.

“This team is positive and I now how they’ll respond. It will be a good test for me early in my career.”