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THE BOTTOM LINE: Rather than ask whether or not Cassel could do what Rivers or Rodgers do if he were suddenly dropped into their shoes, perhaps the better question would be… Could Rivers or Rodgers do what Cassel does if they were dropped into his shoes? And, I’m not sure they could. Just because someone can throw the ball harder, farther and with more accuracy most of the time does not mean that it overcomes the ability to avoid mistakes – something Cassel has done extraordinarily well.

t’s official: Tony Moeaki’s rookie season is better than Tony Gonzalez’s. The Kansas City Chiefs rookie tight end had four catches on Sunday moving him past Gonzalez for the most receptions by a rookie tight in franchise history. Whether the rest of Moeaki’s career mirrors Gonzalez’s remains to be seen.

Moeaki: 36 receptions, 438 yards, 3 TDs

Gonzalez: 33 receptions, 368 yards, 2 TDs

The key to beating the Chargers is to keep the ball away from Phillip Rivers. The Oakland defense did a spectacular job manhandling the Chargers’ offensive line, putting continuous pressure on Rivers. As a pocket passer whose only setback is his speed, Rivers needs a protective cocoon to operate within. The Raiders stripped that cocoon away layer by layer with intelligent design and determination.

Four weeks to go in the regular season … 29 days left, 37 division games to play (including tonight’s Armageddon Bowl in Foxboro) … three divisions tied at the top … four divisions with a one-game lead at the top … and, as we all predicted, the Kansas City Chiefs are the lone division leader with breathing room.

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