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Friday, November 27, 2009
Final Word: AFC West

By Bill Williamson

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Five nuggets of knowledge about the Kansas City-San Diego game Sunday:

Matt Cassel
Matt Cassel struggled the last time he faced San Diego.
Here come the Chargers’ DBs: The 7-3 Chargers have won five games in a row and are in sole possession of first place in the AFC West. Interestingly, they haven’t lost since they started blitzing their defensive backs. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Chargers have blitzed their defensive backs at least 28.6 percent of the time four of the past five games. In the first five games when San Diego was 2-3, the Chargers blitzed their defensive backs 7.2 percent of the time.

Will Cassel lose his cool? In San Diego’s first game using the secondary blitzes extensively, Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel was forced into throwing three interceptions in a span of eight passes. Prior to his meltdown, Cassel went 153 pass attempts without an interception and only threw two interceptions in the Chiefs’ first six games. He has thrown one interception in the three games since meeting San Diego.

Naanee is making it count: San Diego receiver Legedu Naanee is becoming a big weapon for the Chargers. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Naanee has caught 20 of the 22 passes he has been targeted by San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers. His 90.9 receiving percentage leads the NFL.

Tomlinson is a goal-line workhorse: If the Chargers are at the goal line on Sunday, the Chiefs will have an idea who will be getting the call. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson leads the NFL with goal-line touches, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He has 23 touches at the goal line and he has scored five times.