October, 25, 2011
By James Walker | ESPN.com
US PresswireWith the Bills in a bye, Mark Sanchez took the top spot over Ryan Fitzpatrick and Matt Moore.We continue our "Sanchez-Fitz-Moore Watch," as two of the three quarterbacks were in action.
Here is how we grade their performances in Week 7:
Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
Result: W, 27-21 against Chargers
Stats: 18-of-33, 173 yards, three TDs, one INT
Analysis: New York is back to its ground-and-pound offense. As a result, Sanchez is looking better the past two weeks. Sanchez threw a season-high three touchdowns -- all to receiver Plaxico Burress -- and engineered a second-half comeback from 11 points down against the Chargers. Sanchez, at this stage of his career, is not a quarterback who can throw 40 times a game and consistently be successful. There's nothing wrong with that, as long as New York's defense and running game makes up for it.
Walker's grade: B+
Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins
Result: L, 18-15 against Broncos
Stats: 22-of-33, 197, one TD
Analysis: In my opinion, Moore played a little better than his QBR suggests. Moore moved the offense most of the game and even got Miami a red-zone touchdown -- finally -- in the second quarter. He wasn't terrible, but he failed to come through in the clutch. Moore's late fumble in overtime hurt his QBR and set up Denver's game-winning kick.
Walker’s grade: C+
This week’s winner: Sanchez (three points)
Second place: Moore (two points)
Overall standings (second quarter)
First: Sanchez (nine points)
Second: Ryan Fitzpatrick (six points)
Third: Moore (three points)
Sanchez has taken the lead in the second-quarter standings, which will wrap up soon. We will have more on the "Sanchez-Fitz-Moore Watch" next week.