Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/1/12

Winning a football game by 17 points is not what I would call a 'blow out' win.

Unless it was a game in which the winning team forced six turnovers from an offense ranked No. 1 in the NFL, in a division game on the losing team's home field.

Oh, that WAS the case?

The San Diego Chargers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 37-20 in blowout win.

Five things to be learned from the game are as follows.

Matt Cassel is NOT an elite quarterback.

I make such a statement despite there being few, if any, in the media outside of Kansas City who objectively believe he is.

He has played decently enough as the Chiefs' starting quarterback, since he arrived in 2009. Cassel, however, has failed to really play 'Well'. Elite quarterbacks will have the once in a while bad game, and possibly even throw three interceptions. Bad Games, however, are one of Cassel's nasty little habits.

We didn't beat them, they gave us the win.

Nearly every time a team has a +5 turnover differential in a football game, they win the game. I would genuinely love contradictory examples in the comments, seriously.

A single interception or fumble by a team driving down the field for a sure score, turns a potential 14-0 hole for one team, into a 7-7 headache for the other. Just ask the 1992 Buffalo Bills about that year's Super Bowl against the Cowboys. You'll get an earful.

'Former Players' turn it up to 11 when facing their old team.

Chargers running backs Jackie Battle and Le'Ron McClain, along with linebacker Demorrio Williams, all got a game ball from head coach Norv Turner for "sticking it to their former teams". McClain, as fullback, cleared the way for running back Jackie Battle for a score. While Williams had five tackles plus a direct hit on his former quarterback.

Big Wins are BIGGER when playing a division rival.

It is said that a division win counts twice towards the final standings. That is because the very first tie-breaker between teams with the same record at the end of the season is head-to-head matchups. A win like this may ultimately decide if the Chargers win the division.

Games such as this are a source of artificially-inflated expectations.

As I said above, sometimes a team gives up turnovers in bunches. The Matt Cassel interception that Donald Butler ran back for a touchdown, putting the Chargers up 27-6, ought to be charged to the receiver.

Sometimes a receiver misses a catch, bobbles it into the air, and a defender grabs it. Plus, had the 'pick six' never happened, the score at halftime would have been 20-6, a 14 point deficit that any good coach can pump his team up to overcome. At 27-6, down by 21 at the half, it is damn near impossible for at least some players NOT to feel demoralized.



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