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QB Mark Sanchez - Philadelphia Eagles

6-2, 227Born: 11-11-1986College: USCDrafted: Round 1, pick 5

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Sanchez looked like the punchline QB he was at times in New York early on vs. Green Bay, but he still piled up garbage time numbers to make for a solid QB1 start by the time the game was over. The Chip Kelly offense gives him the volume and aggressive attack to post fantasy numbers no matter the game script, and maybe even no matter how poorly he plays. Go back to the well against Tennessee next week.

Week 12: vs Tennessee Titans

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Mark Sanchez kept the pedal to the metal at Green Bay, slinging 26/44 for 346 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions, with three sacks taken for -26 yards during the 20-53 loss. Sanchez did his part, the pass D simply couldn't withstand Aaron Rodgers and company. Over the past two games, Sanchez has compiled 46/70 for 678 yards passing, four TDs and two interceptions thrown. He's relied heavily on Jordan Matthews (17 targets for 12/275/3 receiving), while also firing the ball to Jeremy Maclin (18 targets for 12/131/1 receiving) on a regular basis. Tight ends Zach Ertz (eight for 5/72/0) and Brent Celek (nine for 6/127/0) have also figured in the mix fairly prominently. The Eagles' passing attack is flying along on an even keel entering the final weeks of the 2014 season. The Tennessee pass D is ranked ninth in the NFL averaging 226.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 15 passing scores given up vs. nine interceptions and 29 sacks generated to date (15th- and sixth-ranked in the NFL, respectively). They allowed 21/32 for 180 yards, one TD and one interception, with five sacks for -27 yards, to the Steelers last week, after holding Joe Flacco to 16/27 for 161 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions two games ago. The Tennessee rush D is so bad that teams generally concentrate their attacks in that phase of the game, which is reflected in the low passing yards totals over the past two games. This is a neutral matchup for Sanchez and company, at home in Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
9 at HOU 15 22 202 2 2 5 5 0 0
10 vs CAR 20 37 332 2 0 2 -1 0 0
11 at GB 26 44 346 2 2 3 0 0 2
12 vs TEN 30 43 307 1 2 4 4 0 0
12 vs TEN PROJ-Dodds 24 39 * * * 2 * * *
12 vs TEN PROJ-Tremblay 21 34 * * * 3 * * *
12 vs TEN PROJ-Bloom 24 38 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs HOU (15 / 22 / 202 / 2 / 2 pass, 5 / 5 / 0 rush)

Sanchez entered the game after the Foles injury to start the 2nd quarter and started with a bang with a deep pass over the middle to Jeremy Maclin for a 52 yard gain. Later in the drive he hit Sproles on a quick 6 yard screen pass and followed it up a few plays later with a tight pass to Jordan Matthews in the endzone for a touchdown. It was an impressive first drive for Sanchez coming off the bench in place of Foles and leading the Eagles to a touchdown. Sanchez was picked off on a pass that he threw a pass to Josh Huff but Huff popped the ball in the air and the Texans got the interception. Sanchez led an impressive drive to end the first half to help get the Eagles in field goal range. He rolled out to the right and found Jordan Matthews with a nice touch pass for a 24 yard gain. He also found tight ends Celek and Ertz for 5 and 4 yard gains and picked up a first down down with his feet on a 3rd and 1 with a 3 yard gain straight ahead. Sanchez used Sproles in the passing game finding him for gains of 24 and 11 yards as Sproles did all the work on gaining the yards after the catches. Sanchez under threw Riley Cooper and the results were a 2nd interception for Sanchez on the day. The next drive was a very impressive one for Sanchez as he took the Eagles down the field on a 15 play drive that took nearly 8 minutes and resulted in a touchdown pass to Maclin and helped put the game away for the Eagles. He hit Maclin on a short screen pass which Maclin used his speed and turned it into a 21 yard gain. Sanchez then found Maehl for 8 yards , Huff for 9 yards and Celek for 3 yard gains before he hit Maclin with a dart for his 2nd touchdown pass of the game.

2014 Week 10 vs CAR (20 / 37 / 332 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)

Sanchez first pass on the night came from the Panthers 22 yard line where he under threw Jeremy Maclin in the endzone, he followed that up on third down throwing a hard pass into traffic that also went incomplete. Sanchez started his second drive also in great field position at the Panthers 43 yard line as the Eagles defense created another turnover. From there Sanchez found Maclin for a strike over the middle of 15 yards and later found Celek for a 21 yard gain which got the ball inside the Panthers 10 yard line before Sproles ran the ball in for a touchdown. On both completions Sanchez was reading the field very well and stepped up in the pocket to avoid pressure and make clean throws to his receivers. On the next drive Sanchez delivered some hard throws to both Matthews and Sproles that hit his receivers in the hands but went incomplete and the Eagles were forced to punt the ball away. Sanchez had a near perfect 91 yard touchdown drive at the start of the 2nd quarter as he found Jordan Matthews for back to back passes of 23 and 17 yard gains. The first one came on a 3rd and 14 as he dropped back into his own endzone and delivered a perfect pass to Matthews on the right sideline. He followed it up with a pass over the middle for another first down. Sanchez found Celek for a 20 yard pickup over the middle of the field on another hard pass right in the hands of Celek. Sanchez delivered back to back passes to Matthews for 20 yards where he did a nice catch and run over the middle and followed it up with a 13 yard touchdown at the goal line where Matthews made sure to secure the ball. Sanchez had great vision on the night and was stepping up, back and sideways to avoid the pressure from the Panthers and did so once again finding Matthews for the fifth time in the game for a 33 yard catch and run. It looked as if Sanchez threw an Interception but the Panthers defender stepped on the the sideline as he was coming down with the ball. Sanchez started the 2nd half with quick passes to Sproles of 13 yards, Matthews for 14 yards, and Celek for 9 yards but the Eagles were forced to punt as they could only reach the Panthers 45 yard line. Sanchez delivered a perfect pass to Celek on the very next drive as the first play went for 30 yards down to the Panthers 1 yard line. Sanchez stepped up in the pocket and threw another perfect pass to Celek for a 37 yard gain. On a third down and 10 Sanchez read the blitz from the Panthers and dumped off a pass over a Panthers defender and got the ball to Matthews as he avoided being tackled and got the ball to the endzone for the touchdown.

2014 Week 11 vs GB (26 / 44 / 346 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)

Sanchez first play of the game was a first down pass to Riley Cooper over the middle of the field. He followed that up with a 20 yard strike to Jeremy Maclin two plays later showing some patience and delivering a perfect pass. After another McCoy run Sanchez dropped back to pass again but had little time and was dropped for a Packers sack where he took a vicious helmet to helmet hit and looked to be a bit shook up. On the next drive Sanchez once again felt the pressure of the Packers defense and was dropped for another sack where he was hit in the head once again. After being down 17-0, Sanchez delivered a solid drive for the Eagles with passes to Matthews for 5 yards, Sproles out of the backfield for a 16 yard gain, and another one to McCoy for 18 yards but was upended with his third sack of the game and the Eagles had to settle for a field goal. Sanchez made a nice pass down the field to Matthews but Matthews was unable to bring the catch in as the ball bounced off his fingers for an incomplete pass. Sanchez found Ertz for two first downs with pick ups of 12 and 15 yards and later came back to Matthews for a 40 yard pass down the field to get the Eagles into the redzone. To start out the second half Sanchez had some nice passes to Maclin and Cooper to get the Eagles on the move but ended up fumbling the ball away on a botched handoff to LeSean McCoy. Sanchez made a big mistake as he threw an interception to Julius Peppers for a 52 yard INT return for a touchdown. The pass was picked off easily by Peppers as he just dropped in the passing lane as Sanchez was solely focused on getting the ball to Celek. Sanchez followed that INT up with a touchdown drive on the next possession. He did so by moving the ball down the field for an 80 yard drive with passes of 7 and 4 yards to Maclin, 14 to Cooper, 6 and 22 to Ertz, and eventually finding Matthews for a 10 yard strike for the touchdown. Sanchez got picked off for another INT as Maclin fell down to the ground and it was an easy pick for the Packers. On the next possession Sanchez missed a high snap and the ball was fumbled and the Packers returned it for a touchdown. Sanchez came back in garbage time and threw a 36 yard pass to Matthews and later found Maclin for a 20 yard touchdown pass.

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Latest News

Eagles | Mark Sanchez over 300 yards again (Sun Nov 23, 04:59 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Mark Sanchez completed 30 of his 43 pass attempts for 307 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Week 12 win against the Tennessee Titans.

Our View: Sanchez's day was actually very uneven against a weak defense. Thanksgiving brings a trip to Dallas and another boom/bust scoring range for his owners.
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Eagles | Jordan Matthews has chemistry with new QB (Tue Nov 11, 12:09 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews, who had seven catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 10 win with QB Mark Sanchez starting, developed some nice chemistry with Sanchez in training camp this year. Sanchez may have completed more passes to Mathews than any other player in camp while working with the second-team offense. Sanchez immediately found Matthews for a touchdown when he relieved QB Nick Foles in Week 8 because of an injury, too.

Our View: Matthews has always reminded us of Eric Decker (Jets). Like Decker, Matthews can make tough catches and he runs crisp routes. Matthews is not incredibly athletic, so he will have trouble gaining separation (like Decker) against good slot corners. We love Matthews as a matchup play because of the chemistry with Sanchez.
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Eagles | Mark Sanchez excels on Monday night (Tue Nov 11, 11:58 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Mark Sanchez threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 10 win over the Carolina Panthers Monday, Nov. 10, in his first start since Dec. 30, 2012. WR Jordan Matthews had 138 receiving yards and two touchdowns, and RB Darren Sproles had an eight-yard touchdown run and a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Our View: Sanchez's athleticism make him a nice fit for the Chip Kelly system. Defenders now must respect the quarterback's ability to run, and this opens things up for receivers in the offense.
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Schedule

12vs Tennessee Titans
13@ Dallas Cowboys
14vs Seattle Seahawks
15vs Dallas Cowboys
16@ Washington Redskins
17@ New York Giants