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Week 8's five least valuable players

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1. Mark Sanchez(notes), QB, New York Jets. It's not entirely on Sanchez, as there's plenty of blame to go around for everyone involved in the Jets' passing game. There were drops and there were interceptions that weren't Sanchez's fault. But that doesn't change the fact that Sanchez failed to make any plays. When Aaron Rodgers(notes) and the Packers come to town, and your defense holds them under 10 points, you ought to win that game. But to roll a zero, against a Packers defense that has not been spectacular? That's the sort of thing that can create locker-room problems between an offense and a defense.

2. The National Football League. It felt a little uncivilized to me to have an NFL game on the same night as a World Series game. Now, don't get me wrong ... personally, I'll take regular-season football over postseason baseball, but it would have been nice to have been able to see both. I guess it's asking a bit much for the NFL to pass on revenue in the name of civility, but it just doesn't feel like the nice thing to do. We can't be magnanimous about this? Just because you can pummel someone in the ratings doesn't mean you should.

3. Pretty much everyone the Dallas Cowboys are paying to catch passes, or do anything football-related at all, really. The sports bar I frequent enacted a new rule halfway through the second half of the Dallas/Jacksonville game: No more Cowboys football will be televised in the main viewing area. It was making people sad. True story.

4. Matt Hasselbeck(notes), QB, Seattle Seahawks. The only thing surprising about Matt Hasselbeck being sacked eight times Sunday was that Pete Carroll left him in long enough to take eight sacks. Hasselbeck's passer rating on the year is 70.7 -- that's down there in the neighborhood of guys like Derek Anderson(notes), Shaun Hill(notes), Alex Smith and Brett Favre(notes). You invested a lot in Charlie Whitehurst(notes). At this point, what can it hurt to give him a chance?

5. Randy McMichael(notes), TE, San Diego Chargers. Again, the Chargers punt unit soiled itself, and shockingly, it was not the fault of their fifth different long snapper of the season. No, this one was on Randy McMichael, who just stood there and opted not to block a man as he ran untethered at Mike Scifres(notes). That's really all it came down to. McMichael -- who did block well at other points in the game -- lined up across from a guy, and had the choice to either block him, or do nothing. He did nothing. Punt blocked. Safety. It's flabbergasting how any team's special teams can be that bad.

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