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They’ve also turned the ball over a league-leading 25 times after four turnovers Sunday.

Cassel has responsible for two more on Sunday when he fumbled a snap early in the second half that led to a field goal by Oakland. He’s committed 16 turnovers by himself, which puts him ahead of all but three teams in the league: Dallas, Buffalo and Philadelphia.

“He knows he’s going to have to play, and he’s going to do the best he can,” Crennel said. “We have to help him as well, and if we all take the same attitude we’ll be successful.”

Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll said it helps, given the short week, that Cassel was the starter when the Chiefs played San Diego earlier this season. Cassel committed three turnovers in the game, but he’ll be familiar with the Chargers’ schemes and personnel.

“He’s preparing himself like a pro to be ready to go in this football game,” Daboll said. “He’s got a good attitude, he’s taken Brady being put ahead of him well. If you ask him, I’m sure he’s anxious, excited for the opportunity.”

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