AFC East: Sanchez-Henne-Moore Watch
November, 22, 2011
By James Walker | ESPN.com
US PresswireAnother efficient, if not sexy, game has Miami's Matt Moore atop the standings.
The "Sanchez-Fitz-Moore Watch" is getting interesting with a surprise candidate taking an early lead.
Here are our grades for Week 11:
Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
Result: L, 17-13 against Denver
Stats: 24 of 40 for 252 yards, one interception
Analysis: Sanchez is hearing it in New York right now. He is not playing well at a crucial time and took most of the blame following last week’s loss to the Denver Broncos. Sanchez’s accuracy is an issue. He’s missing too many throws and seems to be bothered by pressure. Although it’s a small thing, I also don’t like Sanchez’s body language when things go bad. He has this down disposition that could permeate through the entire offense. That’s not something you want from your franchise quarterback.
Walker's grade: D+
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills
Result: L, 35-8 against Miami
Stats: 20 of 39, 209 yards, two interceptions
Analysis: Fitzpatrick has gone downhill the past three weeks. But the game wasn’t as disastrous as Fitzpatrick’s stats and QBR suggested. When you look deeper, both of Fitzpatrick’s interceptions were the result of dropped passes by receivers Brad Smith and David Nelson. “Fitz” missed his share of throws but isn’t the blame for the two turnovers against the Dolphins. But perhaps the biggest complaint I have with Fitzpatrick is that he’s failing to carry the team on his shoulders during a rough stretch. Maybe that’s asking too much, but that is what great franchise quarterbacks do.
Walker's grade: D
Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins
Result: W, 35-8 against Buffalo
Stats: 14 of 20, 160 yards, three touchdowns
Analysis: Moore didn’t throw for a lot of yards — but he did exactly what was needed to stage a blowout against Buffalo, because Miami’s defense played lights-out. Moore has been managing games extremely well during Miami’s three-game winning streak. He’s not making mistakes and making plays when needed. It’s not sexy but it’s efficient.
Walker's grade: A
This week's winner: Moore (3 points)
Second place: Sanchez (2 points)
Third place: Fitzpatrick (1 point)
Overall standings: Third quarter
First place: Moore (6 points)
Second place: Sanchez (4 points)
Third place: Fitzpatrick (2 points)
Moore is creating separation in the third quarter. Is he second-best quarterback in the AFC East?
Stay tuned as the "Sanchez-Fitz-Moore Watch" continues next week.
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