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In 2005, the Patriots used a seventh-round pick (230th overall) on Southern Cal quarterback Matt Cassel.
And 20 selections later, the Rams took Harvard signal-caller Ryan Fitzpatrick with the 250th pick.
It’s been an interesting journey for the pair as they get ready to square off once again at Orchard Park.
Interesting may be perhaps a little kind. Both of these quarterbacks have had their struggles as of late.
Cassel, who missed the majority of 2011, has thrown 11 interceptions in his last 10 appearances, quite a change from the quarterback who was picked off just seven times in 15 games the previous season. Last week vs. the Falcons, the Chiefs’ quarterback turned over the ball three times in a 40-24 loss.
Fitzpatrick, one of the catalysts during the team’s 3-0 start last season when he threw three times as many touchdown passes (9) as interceptions, has been his own worst enemy as of late. In his last 14 outings, the Bills are 3-11 and he’s served up 23 interceptions compared to just 18 scores.
So what about this matchup? Look for both teams to rely on the ground games even more this week, with Kansas City having the edge due to their two-headed monster of Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis. With Fred Jackson sidelined, explosive C.J. Spiller gets the nod for Chan Gailey’s team.
More importantly, you can expect zero turnovers from both Cassel and Fitzpatrick. Since the Chiefs have the edge at depth in the running game this week…
Kansas City 2, Buffalo 1.