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No WR Touchdown? No Problem for the Chiefs

At 5-3, the Chiefs feel good about their wide receivers despite the lack of scores

A reporter asked Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid earlier this week whether he pokes fun at the team's wide receiving group, which has yet to produce a touchdown eight games into the year.

"Do I give them the business about it?" Reid jokingly asked. "Yeah, I try not to let that slide. They're good about it though."

At the halfway point of the season, the Chiefs have 11 receiving touchdowns and none have been in the hands of a wide receiver. But with a 5-3 record that has placed them in the thick of the AFC playoff picture, they remain rightly unaffected, believing that if the team is scoring enough to win, from whom the scores are coming from is a non-issue.


"It doesn't really bother me, as long as we're getting in and getting touchdowns," Reid said. "A.J. (Jenkins) came up like an inch short [Sunday], so I don't think it's that big of a deal as long as we're scoring."

Of Alex Smith's 242 targets on the year, receivers have been aimed at 106 times, or about 44 percent, meaning it isn't for lack of chances. It just hasn't happened. But the wins have, and that's why the Chiefs wouldn't think of forcing the issue.

"When you're out there playing, that's not something I'm thinking about," Smith said. "If a play gets called, there's reads and things that go into this that—you're going out there and trying to throw the ball where it's supposed to go. It's not a thing that we're trying to press and force this to this guy or this to that guy."

Dwayne Bowe, who is now in his eighth year in the league, seemed unfazed on Wednesday.

"As long as we're making progress, it's going to come our way," he said with a smile. " Right now, other guys are getting opportunities and they're making plays."

As the eldest of his position on the team, Bowe is the leader of a young wide receiving group, one that will often look to him for guidance. On this matter, he's made it simple for them.

"I told them, 'Just follow me. Follow the leader.' And they're doing an excellent job by doing that," he said. "We just want to build that confidence and the congruity and I think we're doing a good job of it."

In his fourth season since his career year in 2010 when he broke out for 15 touchdowns, Bowe has compiled 398 yards receiving, second only to Travis Kelce by just 21 yards. While he has not scored a touchdown, he draws a tremendous amount of attention by defenses, allowing his teammates to take advantage of the more open field.

Top shots of Dwayne Bowe from the 2013 season.

Before heading out for practice Wednesday, he reminisced on that year and even proclaimed that while no receiver has yet to score, that type of success may actually not be that far off. "I've been doing this for eight years and once I go out there, it's clockwork," he said assuredly. "Once they start coming, like it was in 2010, they're going to start coming."

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