Bowe’s value to the Chiefs was perhaps never as evident as it was against the Browns. The Chiefs scored their only touchdown and gained almost half of the day’s yardage in the 12 minutes before Bowe left their lineup for good.
He leads the Chiefs with 59 receptions and 801 yards and has three of their eight touchdown catches.
“One of the things Bowe presents is some dependability to our offense, playmaking ability,” coach Romeo Crennel said. “We all kind of depend on him a little bit. With him being out, what we’re going to have to do is rely on those other guys to step up and be able to make some plays for us so that we can generate some offense.”
Kansas City played an inspired game the day following the tragedy, beating the Carolina Panthers to end an eight-game losing streak. But the Chiefs struggled as much as they have all season on Sunday in Cleveland, when they scored a touchdown on the game’s opening play and then watched the Browns pile up 30 unanswered points in a rout.
The loss dropped the Chiefs to 2-11 on the season, and leaves them still searching for one more victory to avoid matching the 2008 team for the fewest wins since the late 1970s.
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles busted off an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage but, despite finishing the game with 165 yards rushing, was rendered ineffective after that. Part of it might be because of a rib injury he sustained early in the game, but much of the credit must go to the Browns’ defense.
Though he still makes some puzzling decisions, quarterback Brandon Weeden throws as nice a ball as anyone when he is on his game. Receivers like Josh Gordon (eight catches for 86 yards) and Greg Little (four catches for 69 yards) are benefiting quite a bit from Weeden’s consistency. It’s easy to dump on him for his subpar completion percentage, but he was only two drops away from being at 60% for the day.
Recap: The Chiefs could not find the strength for second a straight win after the Jovan Belcher tragedy. The Chiefs took a 7-0 lead and then saw the Browns take over. The Chiefs are 2-11 and are on pace for the No. 1 overall draft pick.
Biggest area to fix: Competition. Once again, the Chiefs were blown out. It was the seventh time the Chiefs have lost by at least 16 points. They just can’t keep in games on a regular basis.
Biggest area to build on: Jamaal Charles had 165 yards rushing, including an 80-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. He has run for more than 100 yards in the past three games. He is the best player on this offense and he needs to be utilized.
“I predicted a win every week if you follow my tweets,” Smith said, his voice rising. “I have confidence in my team every week. It’s no different than I do each week. I did the same thing against Carolina and against Pittsburgh. It’s no different. Do the research.”
But to suggest a team the 2-11 Chiefs are facing sucks?
“I say that every week,” Smith said, his voice getting angrier. “I feel every team sucks. We’re gonna win. This is what we have to do to win. I said we were gonna win by 10. I say that every week.
“Likewise, if in criticizing President Obama,” O’Reilly continued. “There are fanatical left wingers who say, ‘Those who disagree with President Obama are doing so because he’s black.’ It’s a racial deal. That kind of tactic should be condemned by all Americans. Let me give you a very vivid recent situation that is simply unacceptable. This man, sportswriter Jason Whitlock, who actually works for Foxsports.com injected race into the Kansas City Chiefs murder-suicide. Whitlock said that unnamed forces in America want guns in the black communities so that people of color could destroy each other. Whitlock went on to call the NRA, quote, ‘The new KKK.’ That, of course, is insane. And the only reason anybody ever heard about it is because Bob Costas mentioned Whitlock in his gun commentary on NBC.”