The Seattle Seahawks have played every other quarterback from the AFC West this season, and now it’s Matt Cassel’s turn. Here’s how his peers from the division played against the Seahawks 30th ranked pass defense:
Kyle Orton - 307 yards and two touchdowns
Jason Campbell - 310 yards and two touchdowns
Philip Rivers – 455 yards and two touchdowns
If Cassel can fare as well as his counterparts from Denver, Oakland, and San Diego, the Chiefs should have a good chance of knocking off the Seahawks and maintaining their one-game lead in the AFC West.
The Chiefs will attempt, as they always do, to establish their running game with Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones. Seattle ranks just below the Chiefs at 13th in rush defense, and it will be important for Charles and Jones to have some success to aid in quieting one of the louder stadiums in the NFL. The Seahawks have been prone to giving up the occasional big play on the ground, having allowed nine runs over 20 yards this season.
When Cassel does drop back to pass, expect him to do more of what he has been doing the past six weeks--- throwing to a red-hot Dwayne Bowe. Of course, the Seahawks do boast a pretty good pass rush--- led by defensive end Chris Clemons and his 7.5 sacks--- so the Chiefs will also run their fair share of screens to Charles and Jones.
The Chiefs should have do-everything WR and RB Dexter McCluster back for this game after missing the past four games with a high ankle sprain. The status of standout rookie tight end Tony Moeaki, however, remains unclear as he continues to recover from a head injury he sustained at the end of the Broncos game two weeks ago.
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