- The Washington Redskins will start Mark Sanchez at quarterback Sunday against the New York Giants
- It will be his first NFL regular-season start since Nov. 26, 2015 for the Philadelphia Eagles, a 45-14 loss at Detroit
- Sportsbooks are offering a series of over/unders prop bets on Sanchez’s performance this week
Mark Sanchez is the Schleprock of the NFL.
For those too young to remember, Schleprock was a Flintstones cartoon character who was pure bad luck. When he showed up, all of the good vibes were instantly sucked out of the room. He was literally followed by a black cloud that hovered over his head.
Considering Mark Sanchez played in two AFC title games his first two years in the league — beating Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady on the road in the playoffs — it really is a little amazing and more than a little sad that he’s essentially a human punchline now.
— Mike Vaccaro (@MikeVacc) December 4, 2018
Sanchez does not literally have a black cloud hanging over his head. Figuratively, though, it’s there.
This is a guy who has twice led his team to the AFC Championship Game, but is best remembered for a play known as the butt fumble.
Any wonder sportsbooks aren’t holding out much hope for a Sanchez sensation in the prop wagers as he makes his first NFL start in 1,109 days?
Total Turnovers by Mark Sanchez in Week 14
|Total Combined Fumbles Lost and Interceptions by Mark Sanchez in Week 14||Odds|
Playing for the New York Jets on Thanksgiving 2012 against the New England Patriots, Sanchez ran the ball on a broken play, fumbling when he crashed into the backside of offensive lineman Brandon Moore.
New England’s Steve Gregory scooped it up and rambled 32 yards for a touchdown. But hey, at least Sanchez can laugh about the butt fumble now.
Mark Sanchez had some fun with a reporter who asked him about the Buttfumble ? pic.twitter.com/ToEkGCM1CO
— SNY (@SNYtv) December 5, 2018
In his last five starts, Sanchez has turned it over nine times, or 1.8 per game. Play the over.
Total Completions by Mark Sanchez in Week 14
|Total Completions by Mark Sanchez in Week 14||Odds|
Sanchez has averaged 16.7 completions per game as an NFL QB, but topped 20.5 completions in three of his last four starts. Go with the over.
Total Passing Yards by Mark Sanchez in Week 14
|Total Passing Yards by Mark Sanchez in Week 14||Odds|
Sanchez completed 13-of-21 passes for 100 yards coming off the bench last week. At that rate, he’d need to complete 48 passes to go over this total against the Giants. Take the under here all day long.
Total Rushing Yards by Mark Sanchez in Week 14
|Total Rushing Yards by Mark Sanchez in Week 14||Odds|
On his one carry last week, Sanchez gained eight yards, but don’t go thinking he’s a mobile QB. Lamar Jackson he’s not. Sanchez’s career-high per-game rushing yardage in a season is 9.7 yards.
Mark Sanchez with the … wait for it … Butt Fumble Recovery pic.twitter.com/Pg3g7N2giA
— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) December 4, 2018
On occasions when he runs, it’s for his life . . . and stuff like this happens. Take the under.
Total Touchdown Passes by Mark Sanchez in Week 14
|Total Touchdown Passes by Mark Sanchez in Week 14||Odds|
Sanchez has two TD passes in each of his last four NFL starts. But the Giants have given up just 17 TD aerials in 12 games. Take a chance on the under.
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