Dwayne Finally Burns Champ

From Sports Authority Field, Denver

The last two times the Chiefs and Broncos played each other, Denver’s defensive coaches made the decision to take their Pro Bowl CB Champ Bailey and have him cover Dwayne Bowe all over the field.

It was the Chiefs best receiver mano-on-mano against the Broncos best defensive back. Both of those games were played at Arrowhead Stadium and they proved no contest:

  • December 5, 2010 – Bowe had zero catches, zero yards. QB Matt Cassel threw at him three times.
  • November 13, 2011 – Bowe grabbed 2 catches for 17 yards. Cassel/Palko threw him seven passes.

Champ Bailey 2, Dwayne Bowe 0 was the obviously outcome of those two games. Round No. 3 came on New Year’s Sunday and the Broncos coaches made no changes. It was Bailey on Bowe everywhere.

Only this time, Bowe was “on fire” as QB Kyle Orton said. Bailey played the same type of smothering man-to-man coverage he used in the last two encounters, but it wasn’t good enough on this day.

In the first half, Bowe had six catches for 93 yards, all of them coming with Bailey covering him. Orton threw at him seven times.

“Man, he was playing great,” said Orton. “He was playing against a great corner in Champ. I have a lot of respect for Champ, but he (Bowe) got him turned around a couple of times and got open. He got off to such a good start.”

But on that sixth catch, a 19-yard completion late in the second quarter, Bowe went to the ground after the catch and was tackled by Bailey. Somewhere in that tackle, Bowe got dinged. The Chiefs announced it as a neck problem during half-time, but head coach Romeo Crennel said it was a concussion.

“They wouldn’t let him go back into the game,” Crennel said of the Chiefs medical staff. “He wanted to come back but he got hit in the head and in the NFL we are more cautious of those kinds of things.

“The doctors suspected that he had a concussion so they were being cautious.”

Bowe did not return in the second half, and you get the impression from his words that Bailey wasn’t too unhappy about his absence. He thinks Bowe may have gotten some extra help from his quarterback.

“I think with Orton remembering things from when he was here, I guess I wasn’t surprised at all,” Bailey said. “It’s the way he did it that kind of caught me off guard. Those are two good players and if Orton is standing straight up, he’s going to hit him every time.”

Orton brushed away the question of whether he was able to provide Bowe a bit of deep insight into Bailey. In fact, he brushed it away so fast you could almost see the canary feathers peaking out of the corners of his mouth.

“They have a good defense,” Orton said. “Their scheme is kind of new to me this year. I studied film like everybody else.

“It was tough having to see him leave and not return in the second half. It’s fun when a receiver gets going like that.”

For his part Bowe left the Chiefs locker room with no problems. He seemed to possess all of his facilities and smiled a big Dwayne Bowe smile when he was asked about his first half against Bailey.

That however, was the sum total of his reaction. But the smile said it all.

5 Responses to “Dwayne Finally Burns Champ”

  • January 2, 2012  - chewbone says:

    The big difference was ortons ability to throw harder and more accurate that was the difference. Bowe isn’t any better and Champ isn’t any worse.

  • January 2, 2012  - Blake says:

    Bob this was not round 3 this was round 4. The real battle started last year in Denver when Bowe torched Bailey for 13 catches and for 186 yards and 2 TD’s! Do you not remember this? Bowe had such a great game that Bailey was embarrassed and that is why he wont the next two rounds vs Bowe, but not this one. Everything started last year on November 14th at the Denver Broncos….

  • January 2, 2012  - Rick says:

    Pioli needs to lock Bowe up for the future. Bowe is our best receiver and gets a lot of attention from opposing defenses.

    Sure he’s a knucklehead and drops the occasional pass, but I don’t see the Chiefs getting a better player during the off season and since cap room isn’t an issue, sign the guy.

    Sign Carr too!

  • January 2, 2012  - brainsmasher says:

    I second what chewbone said.

  • January 2, 2012  - Craig says:

    Good Point Rick. Pioli needs to lock up Bowe and Carr. Lord knows there is plenty of money.

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