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Mark Sanchez, Chris Johnson in the ATL doghouse

Every Wednesday, Around the League throws a few players, coaches and NFL-oriented hot messes into our theoretical doghouse.

This week's list is AFC-centric, which makes sense given the top-heavy nature of the conference.

I could've went with three different names below and still been satisfied by my decision. It's an embarrassment of riches when attempting to determine the most embarrassing performances of Week 5.

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Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

Is Johnson in the midst of the worst season a running back has ever had? The Artist Formerly Known As CJ2K was held to 24 yards on 15 attempts in Sunday's 30-7 drubbing at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings.

Take out his 141-yard effort in Week 4 against the Houston Texans, and Johnson is averaging 1.4 yards per carry in all other weeks. We know Johnson isn't getting much help -- he'll be the first to tell you -- but the Titans have to be gutted about how Johnson has performed since signing his monster deal.

Mario Williams, Buffalo Bills

The Bills gave Williams $96 million to anchor a defensive line many believed could be football's best in 2012. Instead, the 2-3 Bills are 31st in total defense after a 45-3 drubbing by the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

They're 17th in the league with 10 sacks. Williams has just 1.5 sacks -- or seven fewer than former teammate J.J. Watt in Houston. The 5-0 Texans have to be feeling pretty good about their internal decision-making process.

Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

The more you watch Sanchez, the more you think he'll never develop the consistency to be an upper-level NFL quarterback. In Monday night's 23-17 loss to the Houston Texans, Antonio Cromartie capitalized on his opportunity to work at wide receiver by toasting All-Pro cornerback Johnathan Joseph on a stop-and-go move.

If Sanchez puts it on him, it's six points walking in. Instead, Sanchez underthrows Cromartie and leads him out of bounds. Sanchez's sub-50 percent completion percentage isn't misleading.

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