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Monday, October 22, 2012
Sanchez-Fitzpatrick-Tannehill Watch

By James Walker

It was a bye week for the Miami Dolphins. Therefore, we are going to shorten this week’s “Sanchez-Fitzpatrick-Tannehill Watch” to just two quarterbacks.

Each player will get a bye soon so the points will even out to determine the second-best quarterback in the division behind Tom Brady. So let’s get to it.

Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

Result: L, 29-26 (OT) against Patriots

Stats: 28-of-41, 328 yards, one TD, one INT

QBR: 45.1

Thoughts: This QBR baffles me. Watching the game, I thought Sanchez played well in a huge game. I was most impressed with Sanchez’s ability to throw downfield against the Patriots. He connected on nine passing plays of 15 yards or more, which is a career high according to ESPN Stats and Information. Sanchez certainly did enough to win this week. That should quiet some people calling for his job and replacing him with Tim Tebow.

Grade: B

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills

Result: L, 35-34 against Titans

Stats: 27-of-35, 225 yards, three touchdowns, one interception

QBR: 56.7

Thoughts: How do you grade this game? Fitzpatrick was good through three quarters but had one awful pass in the fourth quarter that led to Tennessee’s game-winning drive. Is Fitzpatrick the biggest reason the Bills lost? No. But if Fitzpatrick doesn’t make that throw Buffalo probably wins. I would like to see Fitzpatrick throw the ball downfield more to keep defenses honest, but that’s not his strength.

Grade: B-

This week’s winner: Sanchez (three points)

Second place: Fitzpatrick (two points)

Overall leader: Sanchez (15 points)

Second place: Ryan Tannehill (14 points)

Third place: Fitzpatrick (13 points)

There is not much that separates these three quarterbacks so far this season. Stay tuned as the race to be the second-best quarterback in the division behind Brady heats up.