After Reading NJChiefsFan's post about the Raiders being the second best team in the AFC West, and after reading all of your comments i decided to so some research. what i found is actually a bit of a suprise.
What i found interesint in these stats when you compare the is the sack totals. Matt Cassel was actually sacked more that Tyler Thigpen. you may be thinking so what? NE still had a better line. that may be the case, however NE had a better run game last year and a strong run game helps out any offensive line.
more after the jump.
A look at the two teams starting QB's
What some people may not know (until now) is that Tyler Thigpen were one and two respectively in rushing yards for QB's. you may think that this doesnt change anything as far as the QB battle, and honestly it doesnt. but what it does to is bring another element to the chiefs offense. matt cassel under center and tyler thigpen spread out wide creates a whole host of problems for defenses. even if its a bluff play they have to worry about covering two QB's( both of which can obviously run the ball) the recievers the runningback. m not saying it will happen but its a possibility.
Not alot to say here really, i just wanted to show you Randy moss's first two years in the leauge compared to Dwayne Bowe's. i was actually supresed at how clost the stats really are and give me alot of hope for Dwayne Bowe, as long as he keeps ahold of the ball.
Expect the 2009 chiefs to be alot more determined to show what kind of team they truly are. we all know they have the talent to succeed, and the stats seem to support it. with all the conditioning and more uptight practices this year i expect the chiefs to close out games and be more Mentally tough. with the additions in the offseason this team has some true leadership. i can see the chiefs making major strides through out the 2009 season. the Chiefs WILL NOT allow the raiders to be second in the AFC WEST.