More than anything, the NFL is a quarterback-driven league. That’s why comparing and contrasting opposing signal callers is a good starting point when betting — unless it’s this game. We mean, who has the worse quarterback situation entering Week 14 — New York or Washington?
The Redskins are down to their third quarterback after season-ending injuries to Alex Smith and Colt McCoy in the past three weeks. Under center for Washington this Sunday will be Mark Sanchez. Yes, the quarterback infamously remembered for the “butt fumble” is still in the NFL. The Sanchize will be making his first start since 2015.
As for the Giants, head coach Pat Shurmur has to reassure the media Eli Manning is still the team’s starter every single week. Manning’s above-average stat line — 3,263 yards, 15 touchdowns, and eight picks for 93.7 quarterback rating — this season is actually deceiving. A quick look at the tape shows Manning has become a checkdown specialist, rarely throwing past the first-down marker despite the offensive explosion elsewhere in the NFL.
It’s been a fall from grace for both, who once shared quarterbacking duties in the Big Apple simultaneously. Of course, Manning won two Super Bowls, while Sanchez led the Jets to back-to-back AFC championship berths. Sunday’s meeting, and what remains of the 2018 season, is shaping up to be the final chapter in both’s memorable careers.