Dwayne Bowe Is A Favorite Of Matt Cassel In The Red Zone

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 23: Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs gets pulled down at the six-inch mark against cornerback Stanford Routt #26 of the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter on October 23, 2011 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. Initially called a touchdown, the Chiefs took a 14-0 lead on the next play. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

When the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Jon Baldwin, one of the things GM Scott Pioli brought up was his size and how it would affect the Chiefs in the red zone. We didn't get to see much of that last year but it's something I remembered, and hope to see down the line.

But as it turns out, the Chiefs already have someone who is a red zone favorite of Matt Cassel -- Dwayne Bowe. ESPN's Bill Williamson passes along this stat:

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Bowe is second in the NFL on receiving the highest percentage of his team's red zone targets in the past two seasons.

The Chiefs should be a lot better in the red zone this year:

  • Peyton Hillis can get the tough yards, something the Chiefs missed last year.
  • Kevin Boss is 6'7" and should help in the red zone.
  • Baldwin's size should come in handy down there.

It seems like the red zone has been one of the most frustrating parts of the Chiefs offense in the last few years. They were much better in 2010 than 2011. Is this the year they get back on track in the red zone?

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