In the pass-heavy, quarterback-oriented era of the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs stand out. Not just because their best player is a running back, but also because it’s been a year since a wide receiver caught a touchdown for them.
It was a on a snowy Sunday afternoon on December 8, 2013 when Dwayne Bowe caught a touchdown pass from Alex Smith in a 45-10 win over the Washington Redskins. Since then, the Chiefs have played 16 regular season games, including three from last season. Not in any of them did Smith end up throwing a touchdown pass to a wide receiver.
It’s not that Smith has bombarding the end zone or is overflowing in passing targets. The best thing the Chiefs can usually do is hand off the ball to Jamaal Charles or throw a short pass to him. Five players have caught the 16 touchdown passes Smith has thrown this season: Charles with five, Travis Kelce (Tight End) with four, Anthony Fassano (Tight End) with four as well, Joe McKnight (Running Back) with two and Anthony Sherman, a full back, with one.
The team’s most productive wide receiver is the 30-year old Bowe, catching 48 passes for 598 yards. The next most productive wideout after him is Donnie Avery with 15 receptions and 176 yards.
Overall, considering their very limited passing game, the Chiefs aren’t doing all that bad: 7-6 with a shot of making the playoffs following last year’s 11-5. Not bad for a team without a single trustworthy wide receiver.