Matt Cassel isn’t this good, is he?
The Chargers destroyed the Chiefs 31-0 Sunday in a game that tightened up the AFC West race, just like the NFC West. Just as the Raiders dominated San Diego in the trenches last week, the Chargers won this game by pushing Kansas City around up front.
The Chiefs’ top-ranked running game rushed for only 48 yards on 17 carries. Cassel’s backup Brodie Croyle threw for only 40 yards on 17 attempts, completing seven passes.
This was a beatdown of the highest order. The Chargers out-gained the Chiefs 426-67. San Diego got contributions from rookie running back Ryan Mathews and Vincent Jackson. San Diego now has to turn around and face the 49ers on a short week.
The Chiefs close with a game in St. Louis, then home games against the Titans and Raiders. For the Chargers to make the playoffs, they need the Chiefs to slip up at least one more time.
They will certainly be rooting for Croyle to start another game next week.