Luckily for the Kansas City Chiefs, new quarterback Matt Cassel played the AFC West last season while with the New England Patriots. This gives us an opportunity to look at how well he fared against teams the Chiefs will play six times in 2009. In addition to that, Cassel also faced Pittsburgh and Buffalo (twice), both of which are Chiefs opponents next season.
We'll take a quick look at each of Cassel's games, ignoring the fact that this isn't any scientific judge of how he'll play against these teams in 2009 since the Chiefs and Pats are two completely different teams.
Week 6 Chargers beat Patriots 30-10
Matt Cassel - 22/38, 203 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT
Opposing Quarterback (Philip Rivers) - 18/27, 306 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT
Week 7 Patriots beat Broncos 41-7
Matt Cassel - 18/24, 185 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT
Opposing Quarterback (Jay Cutler) - 17/26, 168 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Week 10 Patriots beat Bills 20-10
Matt Cassel - 22/32, 234 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Opposing Quarterback (Trent Edwards) - 13/23, 120 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Week 13 Steelers beat Patriots 33-10
Matt Cassel - 19/39, 169 yards, 0 TD, 2 INTs
Opposing Quarterback (Ben Roethlisberger) - 17/39, 179 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Losing...the way things should be
Week 15 Patriots beat Raiders 49-26
Matt Cassel - 18/30, 218 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT
Opposing Quarterback (JaMarcus Russel) - 17/32, 242 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
If you remember the wind in this game then you'll understand only 8 attempts
Week 17 Patriots beat Bills 13-10
Matt Cassel - 6/8, 78 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Opposing Quarterback (Trent Edwards) - 14/25, 148 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
I know nothing can really be taken from these games but it's kinda interesting to look at considering these teams make up HALF of our 2009 opponents. Plus it's fun to post picture of the Raiders looking dejected.
Over a third of our games are played against divisional opponents. The best way to the playoffs is dominating your division. Remember, to earn a playoff spot you're not necessarily playing against the other 16 teams in the conference. You win your division and you're in.
Ask the 8-8 Chargers how important winning your division is.