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Monday, September 15, 2008
Breakdown: Pats keep Cassel short and sweet

Posted by's Tim Graham
Cassel's range on completions/attempts
Pass thrown ...CompletionsAttempts
Behind scrimmage55
0-7 yards913
8-14 yards23
15-plus yards02

The New England Patriots knew that they had to keep the offense simple and safe for quarterback Matt Cassel on Sunday. Cassel threw short, dinking and dunking his way to a 19-10 victory over the New York Jets in the Meadowlands.

Chad Pennington would have been proud.

Cassel in situational passing
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Cassel didn't complete any long balls. He tried once, when WR Randy Moss blew past CB Darrelle Revis early in the fourth quarter for what should have been an easy touchdown. Moss had to turn around and wait for Cassel's underthrown ball and dropped with Revis closing hard.

The Patriots won because Cassel got the ball to his targets with short tosses and let them run with it.

Cassel staying safe
Beyond the first-down marker2320
Beyond the goal line030

Cassel threw beyond the first-down marker only three times (two completions) and into the end zone only three times (zero completions). Three of those six attempts were on third down. The other three came on first down, including the dropped bomb to Moss.

* Statistics compiled by ESPN Research.