The news of Dwayne Bowe‘s Sunday night arrest for speeding and marijuana possession led to many questions today, but few answers regarding his status for this Sunday night’s game against the Denver Broncos. I have the answer to one, “What will the Kansas City Chiefs lose if Bowe is suspended?” I’m going present pre-trial evidence that it might not matter as much as you may think.
The Chiefs will certainly draw less attention to outside fade routes in the red zone. Bowe’s size, vertical leap, balance and catching ability will be missed. He also often draws double coverage downfield on obvious passing downs, which may allow for some of the stats I’m about to unveil. Kansas City won’t know his full effect on opposing defenses until they have to play without him.
The Chiefs have thrown the ball 188 times this year if you include a flea-flicker to QB Alex Smith for a loss of four yards. They have gained 1,919 yards subtracting the loss. Let’s take a look at how much of that production can be directly attributed to the hands and feet of No. 82.
Bowe has 33 receptions this season, which amounts to 17 percent of Kansas City’s total catches. He has 369 receiving yards, equivalent to 19 percent of the Chiefs yardage through the air. Dwayne does not play special teams and has not rushed the ball this year. He has a legal claim to 12 percent of Kansas City’s numerical success this year. He’s no Jerry Rice.
In 1995, Rice accounted for over 30 percent of the San Francisco 49ers‘ overall offensive production.
13 different players have receptions for the Chiefs this season. Smith has been fair in his distribution of the ball. Bowe trails both Jamaal Charles and Donnie Avery in reception yardage. Losing Bowe would obviously not be a good thing for Kansas City, and someone will have to step up their game. Considering his backup on the depth chart, Dexter McCluster, has just seven fewer receptions and 107 fewer yards, it wouldn’t be that much to overcome.
Troy Alan is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TRantMedia.