From Invesco Field, Denver
It was the best game of Dwayne Bowe’s career, but the Chiefs WR continued his habit of not speaking with the media.
That’s the best for Bowe and nobody feels much like talking when you get blown out by 20 points as the Chiefs did Sunday against the Broncos, losing 49-29.
Bowe did his part β in fact, he was one of the few players on the Chiefs active roster for Sunday’s game that performed to the level expected of him. He caught 13 passes for 186 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
And he did it by beating supposedly All-World CB Champ Bailey. In the Broncos defensive scheme for Sunday’s game, Bailey pretty much followed Bowe all over the field. Left side, right side, it didn’t make much difference; when No. 82 lined up in the Chiefs play, No. 24 in orange lined up across from him.
Make no mistake, Bailey still remains one of the best corners in the business, but he’s not the so called “shutdown” cover man that he used to be. He certainly didn’t come close to stopping Bowe.
“Dwayne had a heck of a game,” teammate Chris Chambers said after the game. “He had one of the best over him and he was up to the challenge.”
When the Chiefs were forced into throwing the football that made things much more interesting for Bowe. He seldom left the field, as the Chiefs went with a one-back, one tight end and three wide receiver grouping.
At half-time, Bowe had five catches for 66 yards. But with the ball in the air in the second half for 37 of the 47 plays. That’s when Bowe stepped up and caught eight passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
Almost all of those came against Bailey, with at least nine catches coming with the Denver CB in coverage on him. It wasn’t like Bowe was running free and easy through the Broncos defense. He caught one short pass underneath and got rocked on a hit by LB Joe Mays. Bowe bounced right off the turf and showed no problem.
Then Bailey got him with a big hit from behind at the Denver one-yard line. The hit jarred the ball loose, but Bowe was able to recover the fumble and the Chiefs retained possession.
Bowe’s two touchdowns gave him scoring catches in five consecutive games. That tied the team record for the longest streak in franchise history, held by Chris Burford (in 1962) and Otis Taylor (1966).
Plus, his 13 catches was the second best day in franchise history, topped only by a 14-catch day by TE Tony Gonzalez on January 2, 2005.
Bowe now has nine TDs on the season and 25 for his career. He’s also caught passes now in 44 consecutive games. Plus, his career receiving yardage total climbed to 3,212 and that moves him into ninth place in franchise history, ahead of TE Fred Arbanas (3,101).