COMMENTARY | From an individual ("statistical") perspective, Dwayne Bowe's season has not quite gone as planned after signing a big free-agent deal to continue his career with the Kansas City Chiefs this past offseason. As long as the team keeps racking up victories, however, the wide receiver is willing to shine a little less in the box score.
"This part of my career…this should be everybody's mind-set: It's not about numbers, it's about letters (referring to his desire to get "W's")…You want to reach the ultimate goal? You gotta sacrifice some things."
A far cry from his bold prediction back in May that he would lead the league in receptions and touchdowns, Bowe has tallied just 26 catches for 302 yards and two scores at the season's midway point. But the wide receiver is also aware that -- though he is relied on less within this offense -- he must still deliver when his number is called.
Bowe, however, seems to always find a way to contribute beyond a wide receiver's traditional expectations. The fact that the wideout recognizes that everything he does on the field (from catching passes, delivering a key block, or even just being a very expensive decoy) is all a part of the big picture, the better the chances are that the Chiefs continue winning.
Sunday's matchup with the Buffalo Bills, though, could signal a coming out party of sorts for Bowe this season.
The Bills have had difficulty covering their opponents' top receiving target this season, giving up a total of 41 receptions for 709 yards and eight touchdowns through eight games -- a per game average of five catches, 87 yards and one score.
Overall, Buffalo ranks 24th against the pass by giving up 263.4 yards per game, and has also yielded a league-high 20 touchdowns through the air.
While Bowe is not the Chiefs most productive pass-catcher in 2013, no one would question that he is indeed Kansas City's No. 1 option not named Jamaal Charles.
A solid game plan for Buffalo on Sunday would actually consist of making Charles their top priority. But as the results would indicate, this oftentimes allows quarterback Alex Smith (assuming he has time to throw) the ability to find guys like Bowe, Dexter McCluster, Donnie Avery and now Anthony Fasano in the passing game.
Buffalo's secondary is aware of what Bowe is capable of.
"Sometimes they can lull you to sleep if they're not really throwing him the ball," Bills safety Jairus Byrd said. "He's just there, and then all of the sudden he gets hot, and he can go up and make some pretty big plays."
Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore -- who will take part in covering Bowe on Sunday -- is also keen on how the Chiefs run their offense.
"He's a good receiver…They like to spread the ball around, not just give it to a certain person. But he's got the potential every week."
It is one thing for the Bills to take notice of where Bowe is on the field. Muting his potential contribution is another -- which they have failed to do all season long.
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