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A Brett Favre-Like day for Matt Cassel

Remember December 23, 2003? Probably not, unless you’re Brett Favre. I’ll refresh your memory.

Monday, December 23, 2003, was the day after Brett Favre’s dad died, and the day that Favre was set to play the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football. He decided to play.

The Packers eventually won that game, 41-7, and Favre had 399 yards and 4 touchdowns, moving him into 2nd place all-time in passing touchdowns, only behind Dan Marino.

But, how does this relate to Matt Cassel, you ask? He most certainly didn’t move into second for all-time passing touchdowns, no. But, what he did do is this: have a sensational game soon after his father died.

Very soon after his father died, Matt Cassel lead the Patriots to victory over the Raiders(another coincedince: they both played the Raiders) with 218 yards passing, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception, and 18 yards rushing for a 108.1 QB rating.

Matt Cassel

This year, Cassel has been a huge surprise. Coming into the season, the Patriots had the best QB in the league in Tom Brady. But, when he went down with an injury, everyone thought that it was the demise of the Patriots. However, as it turns out, it was actually a blessing in disguise as Matt Cassel stepped into the quarterback role. On the year, he has 18 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, a 63.8 completion percentage, and 3,270 yards for a 87.1 QB rating. And it’s not like he’s had a great offensive line, he’s been sacked 44 times.

 But that’s off-track. The main thing is that Cassel had a great day soon after his father died.

I would have never predicted this kid.

That’s all I have for you.

Thanks for reading!


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