Week Fifteen Analysis:
Dwayne Bowe was left for dead by most of us, but the Chiefs struggles have actually resurrected his fantasy fortunes. He's scored in three of the last four games and will face a familiar foe, the Raiders, who as usual, pose a pretty favorable matchup. The Raiders are ranked 27th in pass coverage by Pro Football Focus and have allowed the second-most receptions to wide receivers. Oakland has also surrendered the third-most touchdowns to receivers, and Bowe is the most likely to score at the position for the Chiefs considering he leads Kansas City's wideouts in red zone targets. Over the last five games, his seven looks inside the 20 also lead the team as a whole.
Week Fourteen Analysis:
Dwayne Bowe's season-long touchdown streak ended last week at two games, but he was targeted in the red zone twice and has now garnered six looks inside the twenty over the last four games. Bowe has been a burden for most of the season, but he has a very intriguing matchup against the Redskins, who have allowed the highest red zone touchdown scoring percentage in the league (nearly 70%). Anquan Boldin recently ripped Washington for 94 yards and two touchdowns, and opposing No. 1 receivers have also averaged 85 yards in the last three games. Bowe has seen nine targets per game during that same span, and his services will be needed for Kansas City to get back on track.
Week Twelve Analysis:
There aren't many good things to say about Dwayne Bowe these days, on and off the field. At least he has a favorable matchup at home against the Chargers this week … that is if he can make it to Arrowhead without getting pulled over. San Diego is ranked 31st in pass coverage by Pro Football Focus, and they are one of two teams allowing more than 200 yards per game to opposing receivers. Bowe saw 14 of the 25 targets that went to Chiefs wide receivers last week, and if they choose to pass (which is never guaranteed), he should be heavily involved.
Week Four Analysis:
Dwayne Bowe was virtually a no-show last Thursday in Philadelphia and his role in Andy Reid's offense is under serious question. He's the downfield threat in an offense that rarely asks its quarterback to toss it more than 10 yards. He's still the Chiefs' best wide receiver by far, and with the woeful Giants in town, he should bounce back. New York isn't putting any pressure on opposing quarterbacks and is tied for the fewest sacks in the league, so hopefully Smith will have plenty of time to set up downfield. Bowe did manage to score in his last home game, and this opposing defense is just too porous to put him on the pine.
Week Three Analysis:
Dwayne Bowe owners breathed a sigh of relief when he found painted grass and got on the board last week. He now faces an Eagles team that has been foiled through the air and is tied for most touchdowns allowed to receivers this season with five. Philadelphia has shown little improvement against the pass, and their prized free agent, strong safety Patrick Chung, is getting burned in coverage and has already surrendered two touchdowns this season. The Eagles are in the bottom five in nearly every major defensive category, and Bowe, who holds better career marks on the road, could stand to benefit with a big night on Thursday.
Week Two Analysis:
Dallas got destroyed through the air by the Giants, surrendering 450 passing yards and four receiving touchdowns. Of those yards, 333 went to wide receivers. Granted, Kansas City's pass attack isn't as prolific, their offense looked efficient and Alex Smith threw two touchdowns to wideouts. Dwayne Bowe was not the recipient of either score, but despite the quiet four-catch, 30-yard outing, he remains the top threat on the outside for the Chiefs. Jamaal Charles is just fine after leaving last week's game, and Bowe will certainly benefit from a solid rushing attack. Cowboys' cornerback Morris Claiborne is expected to play despite dislocating his shoulder against New York, but he struggled mightily in coverage and Dwayne could capitalize a la Victor Cruz last week.
Week One Analysis:
Jacksonville was more than generous to opposing running backs last year. But they held their own against the pass considering how often their defense was on the field. There has been massive turnover at cornerback though. Derek Cox, Aaron Ross, and Rashean Mathis are now playing elsewhere. Key replacements that were brought in are Dwayne Gratz and Alan Ball. Gratz is a third round rookie and Ball only saw 98 defensive snaps last season. Rookie Johnathan Cyprien will also start at strong safety, rounding-out a young unit that will surely need time to gel. Dwayne Bowe has thrived on the road in his career, averaging 72.5 yards per game versus 57.6 at Arrowhead, and has scored two touchdowns in three career games against the Jaguars. He's virtually the only receiving option not coming out of the backfield, and big play opportunities should present themselves in Andy Reid's west coast scheme.