The Kansas City Chiefs will need a big performance from No. 1 wide receiver Dwayne Bowe if they are to have any chance in their Week 10 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday night.
Along with running back Jamaal Charles, Bowe is one of just two legitimate offensive threats for the Chiefs. He will need to up his production even more this week against the Steelers, however, as Charles is questionable to play Monday night because of a head injury he suffered in the Chief’s 31-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers Thursday night.
Last month, prior to the trade deadline, Bowe stated publicly that he wanted out of Kansas City after spending the first six years of his career with the Chiefs organization. Rumors were rampant that he would be dealt for draft picks prior to the deadline, but for better or worse the Chiefs did not elect to go down that path. Bowe remains in Kansas City and will continue to be the Chiefs lone outside threat.
Kansas City faces a tall task Monday night against the surging Steelers. Pittsburgh has reeled off three straight wins, covering in each, to bring their records both straight-up and against the spread to 5-3.
The Week 10 NFL odds have the Steelers listed as a comfortable 11.5-point home favorite against Kansas City. The over/under has been installed at 43 points.
Bowe has gained over 1,000 yards in three of his five full seasons and is on track to pass that milestone again in 2012. While the yardage is there, the touchdowns haven’t been the past two seasons for Bowe. The last two years Bowe has gone from a career-high 15 touchdowns in 2010 to just three through the first eight games of 2012. In reality, those numbers are a bigger indictment on the Chiefs dismal quarterback situation
Kansas City did make a change Monday as head coach Romeo Crennel removed himself from defensive coordinator duties. While that move certainly can’t hurt, it doesn’t figure to make too big an impact on this lost season for the Chiefs. Pittsburgh looks more than capable of covering the 11.5-point line Monday night.