Sanchez-Henne-Fitz Watch: Week 4
October, 4, 2011
By James Walker | ESPN.com
Icon SMINone of the trio had good games, but Ryan Fitzpatrick still leads this group after Week 4.Week 4 was unkind to the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills. All three AFC East teams lost.
Here is our latest installment of the "Sanchez-Henne-Fitz Watch."
Mark Sanchez, Jets
Result: L, 37-17 vs. Baltimore
Stats: 11-35, 119 yards, three lost fumbles, one INT
Analysis: Sanchez's various turnovers against Baltimore is well-documented. Three of Sanchez's four turnovers were returned for touchdowns, costing the Jets 21 points. The offensive line deserves a share of this grade, as well. The pass protection and running game didn't do much to help Sanchez, who had arguably the worst game of his career. The only good thing that came out of it for Sanchez was he's still healthy enough to play next week against the New England Patriots.
Walker’s Grade: F
Chad Henne, Dolphins
Result: L, 26-16 vs. San Diego
Stats: 3-4, 27 yards, one INT
Analysis: Henne only threw four passes before injuring his shoulder against San Diego. He completed three and the other went to Chargers cornerback Marcus Gilchrist. You don't want to penalize Henne too much for limited playing time. But his inability to play more than a quarter does hurt him to some degree.
Walker’s grade: D
Result: L, 23-20 vs. Cincinnati
Stats: 20-34, 199 yards
Analysis: Fitzpatrick can be streaky at times and didn't look like the quarterback we saw in the first three games. Fitzpatrick wasn't clicking with his receivers and it bogged down the offense, which only produced 13 points. Buffalo was held to three points in the second half when Cincinnati made its comeback. Perhaps the good sign is even during a sub-par performance, Fitzpatrick didn't have a turnover.
Walker’s grade: C-
This week’s winner: Fitzpatrick (three points)
Second place: Henne (two points)
Third place: Sanchez (one point)
1. Fitzpatrick (12 points)
2. Henne (seven points)
3. Sanchez (six points)