Is the Chiefs’ Lack of Vertical Passing Cause for Concern?

September 11, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Kansas City Chiefs stomped the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road in Week 1, but it's hard to put too much stock in a victory against a team that is expected to be a doormat in 2013. What it did signify is that the Chiefs aren't the same terrible team they were last year; the coaching is better, the roster is better and the quarterback is better. 
However, one of the lingering questions is how the Chiefs will respond to a challenge like they will get in Week 2 against the Cowboys.
If a defense loads the box against running back Jamaal Charles and takes away the short passing game, can the Chiefs throw the ball vertically to take advantage?
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe caught only four passes on six targets for 30 yards. Bowe's first catch didn't come until the Chiefs were up 21-2 late in the first half. Not that Bowe is the only deep threat, but he's certainly the team's best wide receiver and the most likely to shake free of his man on a deep pattern.

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