Chiefs vs. Browns: Anatomy of an INT

CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks for a receiver against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 19 2010 in Cleveland Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Good evening, AP. Some of you may have seen that I've added links to the INT from Sunday's game in a few different threads today and said I believe Cassel missed a wide open Bowe on the other side of the field. Not everyone has agreed with my assessment. I have decided to put up screenshots and let you know what I see happening. I ask for you guys to help out and let me know if I'm mistaken, or if the Kansas City Chiefs missed out on a great opportunity.

I didn't intend to put this on the front page but realized I can't post it in the FanPosts when I use the format I use for Arrowheadlines. Oops.

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Here we are with 4:06 left in the second quarter. Chiefs have Chambers wide on the left. Bowe on the right, and I assume that's McCluster or Moeaki in the slot on the right side. Cassel is in the shotgun between two RBs. Notice the position of the safety on Bowe's side of the field.

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After the snap, all three WRs go into their patterns and both RBs stay in to protect. Chambers and Bowe are being covered by the CBs. The safety on Chambers' side has backed up since the snap, and Bowe's safety has moved in.

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Cassel has dropped back and is looking downfield. The slot receiver has cut to the middle of the field in a crossing pattern. This has frozen the safety on that side. Bowe is past his man on the right side.

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Now we see Cassel still has the ball and is looking to throw it to Chambers. A Browns' defender is pressuring Cassel. Chambers is covered pretty well by the CB. The slot receiver continues the crossing pattern. The safety still hasn't moved. Bowe has increased the separation with his man and has a clear path to the endzone.

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Here is the field when Cassel releases the ball. We see Cassel has a couple yard lead on his CB and the safety is still sitting on the crossing route (he hasn't moved since the 4:03 mark). We also see tight coverage on Chambers and know how that worked out.

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