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The race to become the No. 2 quarterback in the AFC East is heating up. Let’s check out the latest edition of the “Sanchez-Fitzpatrick-Tannehill Watch.”
Result: W, 27-13 against Rams
Stats: 15-of-20, 178 yards, one TD
Analysis: This is the Mark Sanchez the Jets want and expect. He was efficient and much more accurate than he’s been most of this season. Sanchez made smart decisions and kept the Jets ahead. Sanchez didn’t do anything spectacular to win the game. But he didn’t lose it by turning over the football, either. That’s key for him.
Result: W, 19-14 against Miami
Stats: 17-of-27, 168 yards
Analysis: Fitzpatrick had a similar game to Sanchez. He didn’t do anything spectacular, but Fitzpatrick didn’t lose it for Buffalo, which he is prone to do. Fitzpatrick didn’t take any crazy chances and utilized a short passing game to beat Miami. He also made some plays with his feet to get first downs and keep the offense on the field for a winning performance.
Result: L, 19-14 against Buffalo
Stats: 14-of-28, 141 yards, one TD, two INTs
Analysis: Tannehill laid his second egg in a row, which makes you wonder if he’s finally hitting the rookie wall. This is Tannehill’s first 16-game season as a pro. He’s only had 19 career starts in college and that regular season is about to wrap up. Tannehill’s accuracy was off in this game until late. Granted, pass protection has been an issue. But Tannehill has not played well the past two weeks. He’s thrown five interceptions in the past two games. Miami can’t win with that kind of production from the quarterback position.
This week’s winner: Sanchez (three points)
Second place: Fitzpatrick (two points)
Third place: Tannehill (one point)
1. Sanchez (23 points)
2. Tannehill (21 points)
3. Fitzpatrick (20 points)
We are entering the home stretch and this race couldn’t be tighter. Check for next week’s "Sanchez-Fitzpatrick-Tannehill Watch" to see who takes control of the No. 2 quarterback slot in the division.