COMMENTARY | Winning cures a lot of problems in the NFL, and the 28-2 victory by the Kansas City Chiefs over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon is the first step for the organization in distancing itself from last season's 17-week nightmare.
An active offseason changed the landscape of the Chiefs' front office and coaching staff, which in turn put an emphasis on improved results on the field. While many moves were made in key spots along the roster as well, Kansas City returned most of its starters -- a group actually considered one of the most talented in the league.
Among the old faces expected to retain a key role was wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who is by far the most experienced pass-catcher on the roster -- a fact that would lead many to believe an increase in production was on the horizon. But if Sunday's results are any indication, concern might be settling in about just exactly how new head coach Andy Reid plans to use the seven-year veteran wideout.
The numbers are not flashy (four receptions for 30 yards and no touchdowns) but Kansas City got out to an early lead, instead relying on protecting the football and controlling the clock. Bowe was also targeted six times -- as much as any other Chiefs' pass-catcher -- so the lack of production is more circumstantial than Alex Smith not utilizing his most capable weapon in the passing game.
Bowe's career has been one mired with inconsistent production, but a lot of the questions surrounding the results have been directly tied to Kansas City's desire to establish its running game and (or) faulty play at the quarterback position. With Reid's affinity to throwing the football and Smith's intelligent style under center, it is too early to question how the 2013 season will end up for Bowe.
Kansas City's offense will thrive this season when everyone gets involved, evidenced by fullback Anthony Sherman leading the team in both catches (four) and receiving yards (44) in Sunday's win. Smith also threw touchdowns to Donnie Avery and Junior Hemingway, who probably have Bowe to thank for being in the position to catch those passes.
Bowe signed a five-year, $56 million contract to stay with the Chiefs this offseason. While an expensive price tag for a decoy, his value to Kansas City right now exceeds his stat-line on any given week.
Predicting that he would lead the NFL in touchdowns and receptions this season might have been a stretch, but Bowe knows where he stands with this team. At this point in his career, he is focused more on helping the Chiefs win ball games.
Kansas City is 1-0, so Bowe and Co. have to be pleased with the start.Jeremy Sickel has successfully created and operated numerous websites. His work can be read on Yahoo and Bleacher Report, and he has also appeared on various podcasts and sports talk shows around the country. Interact with Jeremy on Twitter @JeremySickel
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