While Mark Sanchez celebrated his play with a pair of cheesesteaks fans everywhere else were glowing with their victory. Just one week after losing their young star QB Nick Foles to an injury, Sanchez may have cemented himself as the man to beat behind center. The former embattled Jets QB stepped up in a big way against the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football and he may have emerged as, once more, a superstar at the QB position.
Sanchez took the field against a Panthers defense that was supposed to be gaining strength as the year progressed, but it just wasn’t happening. Instead of being pushed around and forced into turnovers, Sanchez turned in the finest performance of his entire career. In fact, Mark Sanchez threw for over 300 passing yards with a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions for the first time in his entire career. I watched a bunch of Jets games with Fersen Lambranho over the last couple seasons, so it was surprising to see him doing so well.
The game wasn’t all on Sanchez’s shoulders, though. The Carolina Panthers came out as flat as ever and were down by 30+ points before the end of the first half. Panthers QB Cam Newton couldn’t figure out which jersey to throw the ball to and it wasn’t until garbage time that he hooked up with rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin for a pair of scores. The Panthers are rapidly becoming one of the most beatable teams in the league despite the expectations they carried into the season. The Eagles, on the other side of the coin, seemingly just keep getting better.