Sanchez completed 19 of 27 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns during Thursday's crushing loss at Detroit. Sanchez was under constant pressure from the Lions' resurgent pass rush, taking nine hits and getting sacked six times, yet he only committed one turnover, a fumble, on the Eagles' first drive of the second half. Facing a deficit of 31-7 at that point, he continued to truck along and finished with a quarterback rating (116.1) that belied an uninspiring performance from the Chip Kelly-coached squad. Because Sam Bradford (shoulder/concussion) is approaching a return to action, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network, Sanchez will likely serve in a reserve role in the Eagles' next tilt on Dec. 6 in New England.
Sanchez will start Thursday's game in Detroit, Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia reports. Earning his second start in a row for an inactive Sam Bradford (concussion/shoulder), Sanchez will direct the Eagles' offense against a Detroit defense that has given up multiple touchdown passes in six of 10 contests this season. However, in back-to-back appearances, Sanchez has completed 40 of 64 passes for 417 yards and two touchdowns versus four interceptions.
The Eagles plan to start Sanchez at QB on Thursday against the Lions, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Filling in for Sam Bradford (concussion, shoulder) in Week 11, Sanchez completed 26-of-41 passes for 261 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in a loss to the Bucs. On Thursday, Sanchez is slated to face a Lions team that is allowing an average of 250.5 passing yards per game overall, but is coming off two straight wins, by a combined tally of 36-29.
Sanchez completed 26 of 41 passes for 261 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in Sunday's loss against Tampa Bay. Sanchez looked great heading into the Eagles' final drive of the first half, completing 10 of 14 passes for 115 yards, two scores and no picks. From that point on however, Sanchez fell off, completing 16 of 27 passes for 146 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. Given how the game got away from Philadelphia late in the game, it is hard to grade Sanchez accurately as he was forced to pass in difficult circumstances. Still, Sunday was not the kind of performance that will challenge Sam Bradford's position atop the depth chart. With Bradford expected back in two weeks, it isn't worth it to pick up Sanchez.
With Sam Bradford officially ruled out, Sanchez will start at QB for the Eagles on Sunday against the Bucs, with Thad Lewis set to serve as his backup, NJ.com reports. With the Eagles playing again this coming Thursday against the Lions, and Bradford iffy, at best, for that contest, it looks like Sanchez will see the team's next two starts at QB. In Week 11, Sanchez represents a solid bye week or injury plug-in, while taking aim at a Tampa Bay defense that has surrendered 19 passing TDs through nine contests to date. Only the Saints and Browns have allowed more.
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