Tuesday, November 24, 2009
How I See It: AFC East Stock Watch
1. Mark Sanchez, Jets quarterback: The struggling rookie threw four more interceptions and lost a fumble in Sunday's loss. The Patriots converted Sanchez's turnovers into 17 points, the differential on the scoreboard. In the Jets' 1-6 stretch, Sanchez has thrown 14 interceptions and lost two fumbles.
2. Buffalo Bills offensive line: Two more Bills O-linemen suffered season-ending injuries in Sunday's loss at Jacksonville. Rookie right guard Eric Wood broke his leg. Reserve Seth McKinney hurt his knee. That means the Bills will use their eighth line combo Sunday against the Dolphins.
3. Randy Moss, Patriots receiver: Maybe this entry should be for Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis under "Rising." Tom Brady targeted Moss 11 times, but the Hall of Famers connected only five times for 34 yards and a 4-yard touchdown. On one of those catches, Drew Coleman was covering. Revis kept Moss to four receptions and 24 yards in Week 2.
1. Wes Welker, Patriots receiver: The Jets beat the Patriots the first time they played. Not coincidentally, Welker missed that game. In Sunday's rematch, Welker turned in one of the greatest individual performances in the Patriots' 50-year history. He set the club record for receptions in a regulation game with 15 and amassed 192 yards, third-most by a Patriot.
2. Ricky Williams, Dolphins running back: The 32-year-old sidekick-turned-workhorse recorded two 100-yard games in a five-day span. Williams ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for 19 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers -- his first game with rushing and receiving touchdowns.
3. Terrell Owens, Bills receiver: T.O. finally had the type of day Bills fans have been frothing about since March. He had nine catches for 197 yards, including a team-record 98-yard touchdown. Perhaps this is a sign the Bills will open up their previously inept passing game over their final few games.