Matt Cassel: What to Expect From QB Against San Diego Chargers

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Matt Cassel: What to Expect From QB Against San Diego Chargers
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Matt Cassel is ready to shrug off his sloppy play in 2012, and he'll have a big game against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday Night Football in Week 9. 

It's not like it could get any worse, right?

The last time these two teams met, Cassel threw three interceptions and the Chiefs were blown out at home. The final score was 37-20, but by the time halftime rolled around, the Chiefs had already fallen behind by a score of 27-6.

So why am I predicting a positive turnaround for the embattled quarterback?

Simply put, the Chargers defense has taken a turn towards mediocrity the past few weeks. And if Brian Daboll wants to save his job, he's going to run Jamaal Charles at least 20 times to create a balanced offense. 

With Charles pounding away at the Chargers defense, Tony Moeaki will find himself wide open over the top on play-action passes. He had four catches last week against the Oakland Raiders, and I expect Cassel to start looking for his talented tight end more often as the season wears on. 

Also, Antoine Cason and Quentin Jammer have been struggling to defend big, strong receivers. Dwayne Bowe was the only real bright spot when these two teams played the first time around. He ended the day with seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown and was targeted 12 times. 

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Given that this game is being played on a short week, the Chargers won't have had enough time to properly game plan, and I expect the natural talent on the Chiefs offense to dominate the field of play. 

This all adds up to a nice rebound game for Cassel. 

Prediction: Cassel will complete over 60 percent of his passes for 270-plus yards with two-plus touchdowns and one interception. 

 

Follow me on Twitter @JesseReed78 and check out my weekly NFL picks at Pickfactor.com

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