Bowe, Chiefs’ passing game coming alive

Posted Oct. 25, 2010 @ 3:58 p.m.
Posted By Michael Blunda

It took longer than his owners had hoped, but Dwayne Bowe is finally starting to live up to his lofty potential.

For the second week in a row, the Chiefs' top wideout caught two TD passes Sunday in a 3-81-2 effort against the Jaguars. That gives him five on the season, only two shy of his career high. And all this despite making just 18 catches so far. Unlike past seasons, he's not simply a possession receiver. Now, Bowe is becoming a big-play threat — he's gaining 18.9 yards per reception.

Sure, Bowe has done most of his damage against two of the league's worst secondaries in the Texans and Jags, but his outburst should help him regain the confidence of QB Matt Cassel, who hadn't been throwing to Bowe often early in the campaign. Speaking of Cassel, he has taken full advantage of these favorable matchups as well, throwing five TD passes and no interceptions in his last two outings.

While Cassel won't be worth starting against better competition, he should continue his run of success this week vs. the Bills, who have given up big passing plays with regularity. And Bowe, despite his inconsistency, has to be in lineups most weeks, as he's just about the only legitimate wideout on the field for K.C.