On the third anniversary of the Butt Fumble, Mark Sanchez is going to get a chance to redeem himself on Thanksgiving.
With Sam Bradford still sidelined by a shoulder injury, Sanchez will start for the Philadelphia Eagles in Thursday’s early game against the Detroit Lions.
On Nov. 26, 2012, while quarterbacking the New York Jets, Sanchez infamously turned the wrong way on a handoff, tried to scramble and ended up sliding right into the backside of Jets guard Brandon Moore, knocking the ball loose. New England Patriots safety Steve Gregory picked up the fumble and sprinted 32 yards for an easy touchdown.
The play was later voted the most embarrassing moment in Jets history.
This Thanksgiving, Sanchez will have to play a better game if the Eagles want to stay in the NFC East race, and he’ll have to do it without two key offensive weapons. Both RB Ryan Mathews and TE Zach Ertz are sidelined with brain injuries. He still has DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles at running back and Jordan Matthews at wideout, but Ertz has been Philadelphia’s No. 2 receiving option.
Since replacing Bradford on Nov. 15 against Miami, Sanchez has thrown four interceptions in 64 attempts as the Eagles have lost to the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
At 4-6, the Eagles are tied with Washington and a game behind the New York Giants in the East, and two games behind Atlanta for the second NFC wild-card spot.