The last time that Mark Sanchez was a starting quarterback of a team facing the Seattle Seahawks, it didn’t go so well for the former USC Trojan. Sanchez will get a second chance to defeat his former college coach when the Seahawks take on the Philadelphia Eagles in the city of brotherly love.
Since their time together at USC, the two have kept at least some form of contact with each other.
"“He’s great,” Sanchez said, via the Philadelphia Daily News. “He texted me during preseason — you’re doing awesome, so happy to see you back, having fun — that means the world to me, because that’s somebody I really respect. I had so much fun playing for him. It’ll be good to see him again … He’s a really good coach and a good friend.”"
In that lone meeting Sanchez completed just 9 of 22 passes for 124 yards and an interception. Sanchez also lost a fumble to finish with two turnovers in a game that ended 28-7 and the only Jets score coming off a fumble returned for a touchdown. It’s worth noting that Sanchez’s interception was thrown tocornerback Richard Sherman, who currently has three INT”s on the season with two in his last game against the49ers.
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Since that meeting in 2012, Sanchez has seen his rocky career with the Jets come to an end and revive itself with the now 9-3 Eagles.
In his five appearances with the Eagles, Sanchez has thrown for over 300 yards in three games, thrown a TD in all five, while also throwing multiple INT’s in three of the five games. On the season Sanchez’s numbers look much better than anything he had with the Jets. 1,404 passing yards, 8 TD’s, 6 INT’s and a 4-1 record.
The Seahawks secondary is in prime form however and the Eagles have yet to face a defense as good as the Seahawks’. Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman have won NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks and have helped limit opponents to under 200 yards passing per game for the season.