Sanchez-Fitz-Moore Watch

November, 29, 2011
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Mark Sanchez, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Matt MooreUS PresswireMatt Moore remained atop the standings after Miami nearly upset the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
We are approaching the end of the third quarter to determine the No. 2 quarterback in the AFC East. Things are getting very competitive.

Here is our latest installment of the "Sanchez-Fitz-Moore Watch" for Week 12:

Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

Result: W, 28-24 against Buffalo

Stats: 17-34, 180 yards, four touchdowns, one interception

QBR: 55.4

Analysis: This is one of the hardest performances I've had to grade all season. Sanchez was up and down in several ways. He struggled in the first half but was great in the clutch and the fourth quarter. He threw for a career-high four touchdowns but not a lot of yards. I admit his masterful performance in the final drive boosts his grade. But Sanchez needs to be that good throughout the game.

Walker’s grade: B

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills

Result: L, 28-24 against New York

Stats: 26-39, 264 yards, three touchdowns

QBR: 76.6

Analysis: Fitzpatrick quietly got back on track for Buffalo. He had his best game in weeks throwing against a tough New York pass defense. Fitzpatrick is fearless, which is good and bad at times. It was good against the Jets, because Fitzpatrick and receiver Steve Johnson had success against Pro Bowl corner Darrelle Revis. Fitzpatrick outperformed Sanchez most of the game but didn’t get the win.

Walker’s grade: B

Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins

Result: L, 20-19 against Dallas

Stats: 19-32, 288 yards, one touchdown

QBR: 61.4

Analysis: Moore continues to impress in Miami. He threw for a season-high 288 yards on the road against the Cowboys. We saw what Dallas’ defense can do against AFC East quarterbacks a couple weeks ago when it faced Fitzpatrick. Moore was poised on the road and played much better. It was nearly enough to win. But Miami's defense blew a pair of fourth-quarter leads.

Walker’s grade: B

This week’s winner: Three-way tie (three points)

Overall standings (third quarter)

First place: Moore (nine points)

Second place: Sanchez (seven points)

Third place: Fitzpatrick (five points)

We couldn't determine a winner this week's "Sanchez-Fitz Moore Watch." Which quarterback do you think had the best performance?

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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