Sanchez-Henne-Fitz Watch: Week 2
September, 20, 2011
By James Walker | ESPN.com
Icon SMIRyan Fitzpatrick, right, has outperformed Mark Sanchez, left, and Chad Henne through two games.Last week the AFC East blog introduced the "Sanchez-Henne-Fitz Watch." This is our way to finally settle the debate, without bias, on who is the second best quarterback in the division.
Week 2 in now in the books. It's time for another round of grades.
Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
Result: W, 32-3 vs. Jaguars
Stats: 17 of 24, 182 yards, two TDs, two INTs
Analysis: Sanchez continues to have turnovers for the second straight week. He threw two interceptions during a rout of the Jaguars. Sanchez now has four turnovers (three interceptions, one lost fumble) in two games. Otherwise, I thought Sanchez was accurate. His first drive to start the game was phenomenal. The 17-yard touchdown to receiver Santonio Holmes was probably the best throw of the game. The Total Quarterback Rating surprised me. I actually thought Sanchez made more big throws in Week 1 than on Sunday. The blowout most likely led to the higher rating. Sanchez made mistakes in the clutch in Week 1, which severely hurts his QBR.
Walker's grade: C+
Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins
Result: L, 23-13 vs. Texans
Stats: 12 of 30, 170 yards, one TD, one INT
Analysis: Last week Henne played as well as I've ever seen him play. He torched the New England Patriots with his arm and legs. That showed his potential. But Henne wasn't nearly as good against Houston. He missed a lot of throws, especially in the red zone. Henne struggles at times with his accuracy on the outside. I also noticed him staring down receiver Brandon Marshall a couple of times and trying to force the ball. That's something opponents will notice on tape. I do like Henne's awareness to scramble (26 rushing yards). That is a definite improvement over previous years. He will need it, because his pass protection isn't the greatest.
Walker's grade: C-
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills
Result: W, 38-35 vs. Raiders
Stats: 28 of 46, 264 yards, three TDs, one INT
Analysis: Fitzpatrick had the sixth-highest QBR for Week 2. This follows his No. 1 QBR rating in Week 1. It took a half to warm up. But Fitzpatrick put together another solid performance against Oakland. He was clutch during Buffalo's second-half comeback from a 21-3 deficit. Fitzpatrick's game-winning drive culminated in a six-yard touchdown pass to receiver David Nelson. There's a lot to like about Fitzpatrick. He's poised, smart and aggressive. That's why Buffalo is confident in Fitzpatrick throwing the football 46 times from the spread. The biggest concern after watching two games is his arm strength. Most of Fitzpatrick's completions are short. He didn't complete a pass for more than 19 yards Sunday against Oakland.
Walker's grade: B+
This week's winner: Ryan Fitzpatrick (three points)
Second place: Mark Sanchez (two points)
Third place: Chad Henne (one point)
1. Fitzpatrick (six points)
2. Henne (four points)
3. Sanchez (three points)
Bills fans rejoice. Fitzpatrick now has the lead through two weeks of the "Sanchez-Henne-Fitz Watch."
Check back next week as we grade each AFC East quarterback after Week 3.