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Chiefs vs. Panthers preseason: Dwayne Bowe bounces back for Chiefs

KC Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe had a nice outing for the Kansas City Chiefs in their preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers beat the Chiefs, 28-16.

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Just a few days after we heard he was going to be suspended Week 1, Dwayne Bowe comes out with a good game for the Kansas City Chiefs -- 5 catches for 62 yards. Sure, it's just the preseason but these are still two first team units playing against each other and if I recall the Panthers defense was pretty good last year. I'll take a good game from a receiver the Chiefs need a big season from.

Bowe's first catch came on a 2nd-and-9 with a quick comeback route for 10 yards and a first down. Solid play where Bowe uses his best asset -- his size.
His second catch came on a 3rd-and-6. Alex Smith was blitzed and as he was being hit he released the ball and found Bowe on a crossing pattern. The ball hit Bowe in stride, which was key because it allowed him to pick up the yards after the catch. In all it was a 19-yard gain. Watch the play here.

Later in the quarter, Smith again hit Bowe open across the middle of the field for 21 yards. It was great to see the Chiefs pick up chunks of yards. By the end of the first quarter, Bowe had four catches for 56 yards after the first quarter.

On another 3rd-and-6, Smith found Bowe on a comeback route. Bowe muscled his way for the extra yard to get the first. Once again, he uses his body well.

Those catches weren't even my favorite play from him. Bowe caught a short pass and as he was going to the sidelines, a Panthers defensive back came up to make the hit. Now, we all know people say Bowe is big, and he's a good blocker. This hit Bowe delivered as the offensive player shows why people say he is so good at that.

Even though it was preseason, this game reminded me of Bowe's playoff game against the Colts, where he put up 151 yards. Bowe had four first downs on five catches for the Chiefs on Sunday night. That's the Bowe the Chiefs need this year. Their best receiver has to be a threat week in and week out if they're going to have a shot at double digit wins again.

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