QB Mark Sanchez - Philadelphia Eagles
|6-2, 227||Born: 11-11-1986||College: USC||Drafted: Round 1, pick 5|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Sanchez has lost the trust of fantasy owners, although it's hard to ignore how bad the Washington pass defense has been lately. Depending on your opponent's quality and other options, he might be a viable play in Week 16.
Week 16: at Washington Redskins
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. The Eagles are in second place in the NFC East, one back of Dallas with two games to go - nobody has locked up the division yet, though, so this game against Washington is crucial for the Eagles, who have lost two straight games including the loss to Dallas last week. Back in Week Three, Nick Foles was slinging the football for Chip Kelly, but he wasn't cleared to resume football activities during a checkup last week (broken collarbone), so Mark Sanchez will start in this Week 16 renewal of the NFC East rivalry. Speaking of Sanchez, he's cooled down of late, throwing two interceptions and zero TDs for the Eagles vs. Dallas last week (17/28 for 252 yards passing). He relies on Jeremy Maclin (six targets for 4/98/0 receiving vs. Dallas last week) and Brent Celek (six for 4/52/0) pretty heavily these days - Jordan Matthews is falling off the radar and had just one target for zero catches last week (he tweaked a knee but returned to the game, albeit to little effect). The Washington pass D gave up 23/34 for 238 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions to Eli Manning last week (one sack for -12 yards), and Shuan Hill threw two TDs and zero interceptions at Washington two weeks ago (16/22 for 198 net yards, with four sacks taken for -15 yards). Washington has allowed the second-most TD passes this year with 31 given up and is tied for next-to-last in the NFL with only five interceptions generated. They are 17th in the NFL averaging 237.9 net passing yards allowed, and have 33 sacks this season (tied for 16th in the NFL). This is a good matchup for Sanchez and company - they should rebound against the suspect Washington secondary.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs DAL (20 / 29 / 217 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 28 / 1 rush)
Sanchez led a perfect opening drive for the Eagles completing a couple of passes to Cooper, one to Maclin and another to Sproles and then punching the ball over the goal line on a 2 yard quarterback keeper where he faked the handoff to LeSean McCoy and dove into the endzone for the touchdown. On the Eagles second drive it was much the same as Sanchez came out with some confidence and showed some great ball placement as he hit Matthews for 15 yards on a nice rollout pass and then followed that up with a 13 yard strike to Maclin for another quick first down. Sanchez then looked in Cooper's direction and delivered back to back 7 yard passes with the 2nd being a first down play. On the very next play Sanchez rolled out to his left and threw a perfect pass in stride to Jordan Matthews for a 27 yard touchdown. On the Eagles third drive Sanchez ended up fumbling the ball as he felt the pressure in the pocket but the Eagles were lucky enough to recover the football. On the very next play Sanchez found a wide open Jeremy Maclin on the sideline and Maclin had a great catch and run where he took off for a 58 yard gain. Sanchez just missed an open Brad Smith for what would have been another touchdown but just overthrew him near the endzone. Just before half time Sanchez put together another very impressive drive which consisted of 14 plays and completions to Sproles for 6 yards, Maclin for 11 and Matthews for 4 and 5 yard gains. Sanchez found Maclin for a 7 yard completion early in the third quarter and followed it up with a 8 yard quarterback keeper and a first down. Sanchez led another impressive 15 play drive to give the Eagles another field goal but more importantly to keep the momentum and game flow in the Eagles favor. He found Maclin for a 6 yard gain and a first down and then followed it up with a 13 yard run of his own and another first down.
2014 Week 14 vs SEA (10 / 20 / 96 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Sanchez started out the game with 3 straight very short passes with the first two falling incomplete and the last one being a 6 yard reception to Jordan Matthews out to the left sideline. Sanchez found Jeremy Maclin for a 1 yard touchdown on a WR screen pass at the Seahawks goal line to help the Eagles take advantage of a Seahawks fumble a few plays earlier. On the next drive Sanchez had a nice rollout throw to Matthews for a 17 yard completion as he looked very confident outside of the pocket and threw a perfect pass on the run. Sanchez made his best pass of the game to TE Zach Ertz down the field for a 35 yard touchdown strike near the left sidelines as Ertz dove across the goalline to ensure the touchdown. Sanchez was feeling pressure all day long and saw even more in the 2nd half and on one instance had to throw a short pass to Maclin and caught hammered after the pass by a Seahawks defender. After the Eagles defense got the ball back for the offense after a Marshawn Lynch fumble, Sanchez took the first play from scrimmage and threw an interception as he tried to get the ball to Cooper down the field. The ball seemed to die in midair as the wind held up the ball and Cooper had no shot at making a play on the ball as it was well short of his grasp.
2014 Week 15 vs DAL (17 / 28 / 252 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Sanchez struggled on the first two drives as on the opening possession he had 1 completion for 0 yards to Riley Cooper an another in-completion in the direction of McCoy and then on the second drive was sacked on his only time he dropped back in the pocket. Sanchez finally got the offense moving on the Eagles third possession as he found Celek for 5 yards and then again for a big 23 yard gain and also had passes to Sproles and Ertz mixed in to help set up a Chris Polk running touchdown. Sanchez looked more comfortable once again on the next drive as he found Ertz, Maclin and Celek all for first down passes and helped set up an Eagles field goal. On the first drive of the third quarter Sanchez looked in Jeremy Maclin's direction often picking up a first down early and then on a third and long finding him down the sidelines for a huge 72 yard catch and run which helped set up the Eagles for a Chris Polk 1 yard touchdown run. Sanchez was picked off on a pass that was intended for Zach Ertz as he overthrew Ertz and Ertz tipped the ball as he was diving for the ball and it went right to the Cowboys defender. On the next drive Sanchez found Josh Huff over the middle and Huff exploded for a big after the catch run for 44 yards. He had another completion to Zach Ertz for 6 yards but was held short of a first down and they had to settle for a field goal. Sanchez ended the game with a 17 yard reception to Riley Cooper and then was picked off on a pass that was well short of his target Jeremy Maclin.
Latest NewsEagles | Mark Sanchez missing big plays? (Sat Dec 20, 09:02 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Mark Sanchez missed a few opportunities to connect on deep balls in a 27-24 loss against the Washington Redskins Saturday, Dec. 20, WR Jeremy Maclin said after the game. link to story
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