Wednesday, December 19, 2012
By James Walker
We are close to wrapping up our second annual race to determine the No. 2 quarterback in the AFC East behind Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.
Let’s examine the latest installment of the "Sanchez-Fitzpatrick-Tannehill Watch."
Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
Result: L, 14-10 against Tennessee
Stats: 13-of-28, 131 yards, one TD, four INTs
Analysis: In a must-win Monday-night game, Sanchez chose an awful time to have one of the worst performances of his career. He threw four interceptions and was the main reason New York's playoff chances are finished. He wound up losing his job to third-string quarterback Greg McElroy. Despite his multiple turnovers, Sanchez still had a chance to win the game in the final moments. But a botched snap fittingly ended the Jets' season. Sanchez clearly is not the long-term solution in New York. But his contract commands a guaranteed salary of $8.25 million in 2013.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills
Result: L, 50-17 against Seattle
Stats: 21-of-38 for 217 yards, one TD, two INTs
Analysis: Fitzpatrick was not the primary reason the Bills were blown out in Toronto. Most of his teammates struggled just as much as he did, if not more. But his two interceptions and lost fumble are on him. Fitzpatrick didn't get much help from his receivers or his defense, however -- Buffalo had least five drops against Seattle, with rookie T.J. Graham being the biggest culprit. And the defense showed the resistance of a wet paper bag. The Bills were down 31-7 with more than five minutes left in the first half.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
Result: W, 24-3 against Jacksonville
Stats: 22-of-28, 220 yards, two TDs
Analysis: Tannehill started slow, but wound up with arguably his most efficient performance of the season. Tannehill was accurate and in command against Jacksonville. But that’s expected against arguably the worst team in the NFL. What also is underrated is Tannehill's career-high 52 rushing yards to keep the chains moving. It was an all-around good performance. Tannehill needed it after hitting the rookie wall around midseason.
First place: Tannehill (3 points)
Second place: Fitzpatrick (2 points)
Third place: Sanchez (1 points)
No. 1: Tannehill (31 points)
No. 2: Sanchez (30 points)
No. 3: Fitzpatrick (28 points)
We are down to the final two weeks. Keep it locked on the AFC East blog to find out who will be the No. 2 quarterback in the division.