Seattle - Seahawks fan have seen it too many times. A big, strong wide receiver, clad in red and white, comes into Qwest Field and manhandles their secondary for big catches, huge chunks of yardage and too many touchdowns.
It happened again Sunday.
This time the receiver was wearing a slightly different shade of red.
Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe continued his march to a Pro Bowl berth by tormenting Seattle. The fourth-year pro and former first-round pick caught 13 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns in the Chiefs’ dominating 42-24 win over the Seahawks.
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The 13 catches tied a Seahawks record for most catches allowed. Four other receivers – most recently Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald (Oct. 18, 2009) and Anquan Boldin (Nov. 16, 2008, now with the Ravens) – have had 13-catch games against Seattle.
Bowe has a similar build (6-foot-2, 221 pounds) to players who have given Seattle’s smallish cornerbacks Kelly Jennings (5-11, 180) and Marcus Trufant (5-11, 197) problems in the past.
“He has a big body,” Jennings said. “It’s hard to get around him. That’s his best attribute.”
Or maybe it’s Bowe’s unwillingness to be satisfied that is his best attribute.
Even after the dominant performance, he found things he could have done better.
“Not dropping that last ball,” he said. “There’s a lot of stuff probably.”
Bowe nonetheless is turning into one of the better big-play receivers in the NFL. He extended his streak of games with touchdown catches to seven on Kansas City’s first drive of the game, catching a 7-yard pass from Matt Cassel in the back of the end zone.
“I’m just impressed each and every week,” Cassel said of his favorite target. “It starts with him in practice. He’s had some great weeks of practice. He continues to make big plays and I find myself looking for him more and more.”
It’s tough to imagine Cassel looking for Bowe more than he did Sunday, when he targeted him 17 times.
Just before halftime, Bowe shook off a bump from Lawyer Milloy, raced down the sideline and hauled in a 36-yard touchdown pass.
Then late in the game with the Chiefs pulling away, he caught a simple slant pattern and ran through Jennings for his third touchdown of the game and league-leading 14th of the season. Bowe pushed his season totals to 58 catches for 885 yards.
“I’m proud of Dwayne Bowe,” Chiefs coach Todd Haley said. “He just keeps stacking good games on top of good games. He keeps setting the bar higher and higher.”
Bowe hadn’t shown this type of consistency in the past. He showed flashes of why the Chiefs took him with the 23rd pick of the 2007 draft out of LSU. But he was also susceptible to drops and games where he would disappear. Not this season.
“Todd stresses keeping your head down, run, block and catch,” Bowe said. “Every day I go on the practice field, and every game I just try to run, block and catch. And it’s been paying off.”
Both Trufant and Jennings said they could have played better.
“We made some mistakes, but you can’t take anything away from him,” Trufant said. “His numbers speak for themselves. He’s having a great season. He’s making plays at the right time. He’s a big receiver. He’s got good hands. He’s very crafty. He knows what he’s got. And he’s doing it well.”