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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 24): We wouldn't say Sanchez had one of his better games in Week 12, but the nature of the Philadelphia offense still means that he's a low-end QB1 while he's scuffling against an inferior opponent. The Cowboys defense won't be a tough draw in Weeks 13 and 15, and Washington is up in Week 16, so Sanchez might help us win fantasy titles yet.

Week 13: at Dallas Cowboys

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Both Dallas and Philadelphia are standing at 8-3 coming into this matchup - the teams are in a two-way race for the NFC East crown with New York and Washington out of the picture at 3-8. This is the first game of the two scheduled regular-season meetings between the clubs, at AT&T Stadium where the Cowboys are 3-3 so far this season. Mark Sanchez recovered from the 20-53 beat down the Eagles took at Green Bay (in which he threw 26/44 for 346 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions, with three sacks taken for -26 yards) to lead the Eagles to a 43-24 win at Tennessee last weekend. Sanchez had a slightly less productive outing, with 30/43 for 307 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown (with two sacks taken for -9 yards), but his special teams and running backs took up the slack to post a lot of points for the Eagles. During the past two weeks, six Eagles have seen double-digit targets: Jeremy Maclin (19 targets for 15/152/1 receiving), Jordan Matthews (16 for 11/184/1), Zach Ertz (12 for 8/85/0), Riley Cooper (12 for 7/88/0), Brent Celek (10 for 6/59/0) and Darren Sproles (10 for 5/37/0). There are a lot of moving parts in this passing attack, as you can see. The Cowboys' pass D is ranked 19th in the NFL averaging 247.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 17 passing scores allowed vs. 11 interceptions and 18 sacks generated so far (tied for 11th and 27th-ranked, respectively). New York threw for 29/40 for 328 net yards, three TDs and one interception, with two sacks taken for -10 yards last week; lowly Jacksonville managed 22/37 for 262 net yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown (with four sacks taken for -28 yards) back in Week 11. This looks like a good matchup for Sanchez and company even though they are on the road Thanksgiving day.

Recent Stats and Projections

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
13 at DAL PROJ-Dodds 27 40 * * * 2 * * *
13 at DAL PROJ-Tremblay 25 40 * * * 3 * * *
13 at DAL PROJ-Bloom 25 39 * * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 12 vs TEN (30 / 43 / 307 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)

Fortunately for Mark Sanchez, he is replacing Nick Foles from this season rather than Nick Foles from last season. Had Sanchez come into this offense last year, he would have replaced a quarterback who couldn't throw an interception even if he took the ball and placed it in a defender's hands. This year, Foles had already set the table with a bunch of turnovers for Sanchez to sit at. Therefore, Sanchez's lack of accuracy and at times poor decisions are less significant in comparison to Foles. He is turning the ball over and largely relying on Kelly's scheme for his production, but that scheme isn't going anywhere anytime soon so there's no reason to think the production(and the turnovers) will disappear.


Latest News

Eagles | Mark Sanchez thriving on play action (Wed Nov 26, 02:14 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Mark Sanchez has thrown six interceptions this year, but all of them haven't been game-changing turnovers. In Week 12 against the Tennessee Titans, Sanchez thrived on play-action passes as the team re-established the running game. Sanchez was 12-for-14 for 124 yards and a touchdown off play-action passes. Sanchez, in general, has been much better on play-action passes all year, which fits well with the team's offense. He also hasn't thrown an interception this year outside the pocket, and he's replacing QB Nick Foles, who struggled outside the pocket.

Our View: Sanchez has better athleticism than Foles, and that ability is hyper-critical in this offense. His rushing ability helps keep defensive ends honest as they crash in. Sanchez can also extend plays and keep his eyes downfield as a passer.
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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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