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QB Matt Cassel - Detroit Lions

6-5, 230Born: 5-17-1982College: USCDrafted: Round 7, pick 2005

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Week 14: at Arizona Cardinals

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FBG says: Tough matchup. After throwing for multiple touchdowns in six of his first seven games, Matthew Stafford has thrown for two touchdowns only once in his last five contests. Since week nine, Stafford has thrown only four touchdowns to five interceptions, and has not exceeded 275 passing yards in any of those games. This past week, Stafford was 20 of 33 for 245 yards with one touchdown and one interception. If there is something to be optimistic about, it is that Stafford's 7.4 yards per attempt was actually his fourth highest mark this season (and most since week eight). The Lions passing game has suffered since trading Golden Tate, and the loss of Marvin Jones Jr. to injury has destroyed the depth the Lions once had at wide receiver. Kenny Golladay has produced very well since atop the Lions depth chart, totaling 22 catches for 331 yards and two touchdowns in his last four games. Bruce Ellington has stepped into the #2 position with Jones Jr. out, and although he has 19 catches in his last three games, he has only 105 receiving yards to show for it. Theo Riddick has also stepped up in the short passing game, catching 28 passes since week nine, but the problem for the Lions has been throwing the ball down the field. The Lions offensive line has performed as a lower-middle tier group throughout the season, allowing 23 sacks on the season which is tied for 11th most in the NFL. The Cardinals pass defense played one of their best games of the season against the Packers last week, holding Aaron Rodgers to 31 completions on 50 attempts for only 233 yards and one touchdown. While the Cardinals were only able to sack Rodgers once during the game, they were constantly in the backfield, forcing Rodgers to dance around the pocket and try to either throw his receivers open on the sidelines or throw the ball away entirely. It was an impressive performance for a secondary that has held it together for most of the season, despite offenses constantly being in advantageous passing situations as the Cardinals have to put additional players in the box with their horrendous run defense. The defensive line has fared much better against the pass, racking up 38 sacks, which is tied for third best in the league this season. Patrick Peterson continues to be one of the premier players at his position, and he will face off against Kenny Golladay in what will be a great matchup within this matchup. Golladay brings size, speed and physicality, and will test Peterson's ability to cover him down the field. Working in Peterson's favor is the fact that the Cardinals defensive line will be able to put consistent pressure on Matthew Stafford. The Lions offensive line has just not been able to give Stafford time to throw, and his production has suffered mightily. With the Lions wide receiver depth completely depleted, and Golladay the only player able to create big plays on his own, look for the Cardinals to have their way with the Lions passing offense.

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Matt Cassel's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

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