The race for the No. 2 quarterback in the AFC East is heating up.
Here is our latest edition of the "Sanchez-Fitz-Moore Watch."
Result: L, 45-19 against Philadelphia
Stats: 15 of 26, 150 yards, two TDs, two INTs
Analysis: Ok, let’s be honest. Sanchez was bad, but he wasn’t as awful as his QBR indicates. His pass protection was horrid. Sanchez was sacked four times and was running for his safety most of the game. He was hit often and was very slow to get up. Receiver Santonio Holmes fumbled once and dropped another pass that led to one of Sanchez’s two interceptions. But Sanchez failed to lift his team through adversity. He didn’t challenge the Philadelphia Eagles vertically and also added a fumble on a quarterback sneak.
Walker’s grade: D-
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills
Result: L, 30-23 against Miami
Stats: 31 of 47, 316 yards, two TDs, three INTs
Analysis: Similar to Sanchez, Fitzpatrick is failing to carry his team through adversity. He is a complementary player who cannot lift his team when needed, and that’s a problem if he’s your face of the franchise and has a $59 million contract. Fitzpatrick had another clunker Sunday, throwing three interceptions that quickly put Buffalo behind. I will give Fitzpatrick credit for putting up numbers in the fourth quarter. But that’s only after Miami built a 30-13 lead and was trying to hold on.
Walker’s grade: D+
MooreMatt Moore, Miami Dolphins
Result: W, 30-23 against Buffalo
Stats: 10 of 20, 217 yards, two TDs
Analysis: Moore continues to do his job in Miami. Moore manages the game, makes the throws he needs to make, and doesn’t turn over the football. That usually amounts to a win for the Dolphins. Moore threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a lot of help in the running game. Tailback Reggie Bush ran for 203 yards and a touchdown.
Walker’s grade: B+
This week’s winner: Matt Moore (three points)
Second place: Ryan Fitzpatrick (two points)
Third place: Mark Sanchez (one point)
Overall standings (fourth quarter)
1. (tie) Sanchez, Fitzpatrick and Moore (four points)
Things are heating up with the "Sanchez-Fitz-Moore Watch" with two games remaining. We will be back next week for another installment.