I'm no medical doctor (even though I sometimes play one at my job), but it doesn't seem like it would not be very prudent to be back to playing full contact NFL football less than 2 weeks after having invasive surgery. Especially to the appendix that's located in the one area you know the defenise is going to be aiming for on QB sacks. Yet that's just where we find Matt Cassel as he started Sunday against the Rams. Granted, after seeing Brody Croyle in action last week Cassel was certainly a more welcome sight. It just still seemed VERY risky.
The announcers seemed to make a big deal out of the fact that the Chiefs and the Rams were playing for the Governor's Cup. The Governor's Cup? Really?? Is this the NFL or some flimsy college rivalry? Do you really think any of the players could care less about that thing? I'm pretty sure they're all more concerned with improving their record to get into the Playoffs. They could give a hoot about some little chincy dime store looking meaningless trophy.
Kansas City got off to a shaky start. It didn't seem to take long at all fore them to be down 6-0. It could have been even worse than that if the defense didn't step up near the end of the first quarter. Although most of that was due to the fact that the Rams were shooting themselves in the foot from penalties. I'm going to take "the glass is half full" approach and say that it was the Chiefs defense that intimidated St. Louis into making bad decisions to get the penalties.
Our offense, on the other hand, was anemic in the beginning. It wasn't even Cassel's fault either. I would have thought he would be more apprehensive coming off that appendix surgery. However, he wasn't the one that seemed to have that problem. The receivers were the ones that weren't playing like they were all in. Maybe they were surprised that Cassel was able to get the ball in spots where they could catch it so they they were dropping them.
I think the light switch came on for KC when they started paying more attention to how fearless Cassel was being. At one point, he was leading the team in rushing with 17 yards on the ground. It was one scramble thru the middle that had to be the one to get the team fired up. He bounced right up after that run, amped from his accomplishment. The team had to be realizing that if this guy could play like that after having such a serious surgery then the rest of them neeed to be stepping their game up.
Fortunately, that's just what they did.
It was a different Chiefs team from that moment on. Up until that point, they were playing like the same group of guys that were a no show at that San Diego game last week. Cassell's play inspired the rest of them to play like they all had a pair. At least good enough that they were able to get another road win. Even if it was against a team with a losing record.
Next up is the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead. I would have been worried about this game earlier in the season when Vince Young was playing and they had a freshly inked Randy Moss at receiver. Not so much anymore. The Titans have been rather dysunctional as of late which bodes well for KC. They're going to need to win out in order to clinch the AFC West. That would mean more home games which would increase the possibility of finally getting that first Playoff win since 1993.