Cardinals overtaken by Chiefs
By DOUG TUCKER
KANSAS CITY, Mo.
(AP) -- Dwayne Bowe is beginning to live up to
expectations, and the Kansas City Chiefs now have themselves a pretty
good wide receiver.
Once considered a big
disappointment, Bowe caught two touchdown passes to help the Chiefs
remain unbeaten at home with a 31-13 victory over the fading Arizona
Cardinals on Sunday.
Bowe set a team record with at
least one score in six straight games, with 563 yards receiving and 10
touchdown catches during the span.
With the win, the
Chiefs (6-4) took sole possesion of first place in the AFC West. The
Raiders fell to 5-5 after losing to the
Thomas Jones also had two touchdowns for
the Chiefs, who are 5-0 at home though attendance has slumped at
refurbished Arrowhead Stadium.
The fifth straight
loss for the Cardinals (3-7) dropped the two-time defending NFC West
champions 2 games behind Seattle, which played later in New
The losing streak is Arizona's longest since
an eight-game slide in 2006 led to Ken Whisenhunt replacing Dennis
Green as coach. The Cardinals, struggling to replace key departed
players such as Kurt Warner, Anquan Boldin and linebacker Karlos Dansby,
are also in danger of finishing below .500 for the first time under
Bowe caught scoring passes from Matt
Cassel of 1 and 38 yards. Jones scored on runs of 1 and 3
The Cardinals got their only touchdown, a
3-yard TD catch by Larry Fitzgerald, on the final play of the
Bowe's emergence as a confident, consistent
wide receiver is becoming one of the biggest success stories of the year
for Kansas City. A first-round pick in 2007, he wound up with 109 yards
for the day and figured in just about every scoring
He got every yard of a 38-yard march for
Kansas City's initial touchdown, first with a catch over the middle in
which he fought to the 1. Then, after two running plays failed, the
former LSU star got free in the end zone for the 1-yard TD catch from
Cassel converted twice on third down in a
third quarter drive, hitting Jamaal Charles for 11 yards on one play and
connecting with Bowe for 14 yards on third-and-3 from the 43. Jamaal
Charles got loose on a 39-yard run to set up Jones' second
A personal foul penalty on Arizona linebacker
Gerald Hayes of 15 yards gave the Chiefs' second TD drive a boost.
Cassel also hit Charles over the middle for 19 yards before Jones took
it in from the 1 for a 14-3 lead.
With 4:20 left in
the game, Bowe got open in the secondary, caught the ball on the 18,
twisted away from tacklers and danced into the end
Until Derek Anderson's TD pass to Fitzgerald,
the Cardinals managed field goals by Jay Feely of 36 and 29
Cassel was 15 of 24 for 193 yards. Anderson
was 25 of 46 for 295 yards.
November 21, 2010