Without further delay, we conclude the third quarter of the "Sanchez-Fitz-Moore Watch" to determine who is the second-best quarterback in the AFC East.
Here is how we grade this weekend's performances:
Result: W, 34-19 against Washington
Stats: 19-32, 165 yards, one touchdown
Analysis: It wasn't Sanchez's best performance. But once again he came through in the fourth quarter when it mattered most. Sanchez made his best throws late, which included a 30-yard touchdown pass to receiver Santonio Holmes for the go-ahead score. Other than that, Sanchez was pedestrian. He missed some throws earlier the game and only had 165 yards. He also didn’t challenge Washington down the field enough. The Jets are winning. But Sanchez needs to work on consistency in the first three quarters.
Walker’s grade: C+
Result: L, 24-17 against Tennessee
Stats: 29-46, 288 yards, one touchdown
Analysis: Fitzpatrick threw for a lot of yards but it didn’t lead to a lot of points. Fitzpatrick’s only touchdown pass came with 2:58 remaining in the game when he tried to lead the Bills to a furious rally. He also lost a fumble for one of Buffalo’s two turnovers. I thought the Bills went away from the running game too quickly in this game after falling behind. Fitzpatrick played solid. He wasn't the reason Buffalo lost this game.
Walker’s grade: B
Result: W, 34-14 against Oakland
Stats: 13-25, 162 yards two TDs (one passing, one rushing)
Analysis: Moore’s numbers don’t stand out. But watching the game in person Sunday, I noticed he's very much in control of the offense and is pretty good at moving his team down the field. It’s hard to argue with the results. Miami pounded the Oakland Raiders, 34-14. The thing that stood out most is Moore is moving the chains. The Dolphins had 23 first downs and were 8 of 14 on third-down conversions. I don’t think Moore will ever big on numbers but he is effective this season.
Walker’s grade: B
This week’s winner: Moore and Fitzpatrick (three points)
Third place: Sanchez (one point)
Overall standings (final for third quarter)
Third-quarter winner: Matt Moore (12 points)
Second place: (tie) Fitzpatrick and Sanchez (eight points)
Wow! Each starting quarterback has won a quarter. Fitzpatrick took the first quarter, Sanchez won the second and Moore is the third-quarter champion.
The No. 2 quarterback in the AFC East will be decided in the final four games, as each team tries to finish strong.
So, who do you think will win the “Sanchez-Fitz-Moore Watch” for 2011?