Jones, Bowe lead Chiefs over Cardinals 31-13
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - If it's balanced offense you admire, check out the Kansas City Chiefs.
In a 31-13 whipping of the fading Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, KC had eight first downs running and eight passing. They threw the ball 24 times for 193 yards and two touchdowns and ran it 29 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
"We weren't perfect. But we had a decent day for our offense," guard Brian Waters said with a big grin.
The decent day included 352 yards of total offense, zero turnovers and two more touchdown catches by Dwayne Bowe, who appears to be emerging as a topflight wide receiver. The Chiefs (6-4) also took advantage of Pittsburgh's defeat of Oakland to go ahead by one game in the AFC West.
"That's the way we like it," Waters said. "Balance keeps (the defense) off balance. That's the type of football we want to play and today we got it done."
The defense held the Cardinals without a touchdown until the game clock read 00:00 and Larry Fitzgerald gathered in a 3-yard scoring pass from Derek Anderson on the final play of Arizona's fifth straight loss.
The Cardinals (3-7) are not just in danger of losing their grip on the NFC West they've won the last two years. They'll be hard-pressed to avoid their first losing season under Ken Whisenhunt.
"We are not really a confident team right now," said Whisenhunt. "One of the things we have always been able to feed on is certain individuals, but I'm not specifying individuals, players making plays. We had our chances to do that. We had more dropped balls today than I can remember with this football team. That is not something that we have ever done before."
Bowe caught scoring passes from Cassel of 1 and 38 yards and Jones scored on runs of 1 and 3 yards, marking the team-record sixth straight game he had at least one touchdown catch. Once considered a loudmouth and a bust, Bowe in the last six games has amassed 563 yards receiving and caught 10 touchdown throws from Matt Cassel.
"I don't think I'm any different," Bowe said. "I feel like every day I'm the same guy striving for one goal and that's to win it all. Until I do that, I'm going to feel like the same person. Now when I win it, I might change. But right now, I'm just Dwayne."
Bowe caught touchdown throws of 1 and 38 yards while Thomas Jones scored on two short runs, keeping the Chiefs unbeaten in five home games.
The Cardinals have lost close ones and been blown out in their five-game skid.
"I feel like practice has been good, focus has been good, things like detail have been good," quarterback Derek Anderson said. "We've just got to find a way to rally the guys. I've said it before nobody in this locker room is going to quit. Everybody is coming to practice every day and coming out here to fight."
Cassel was 15 of 24 for 193 yards. Anderson was 25 of 46 for 295 yards.