Bowe knows football

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

TORONTO - Sentiment seems to suggest the Kansas City Chiefs’ valiant last stand against the Baltimore Ravens has about as much chance of success as the 300 Spartans at the gates of Thermopylae.

Eventually they will be overwhelmed, especially with go-to receiver Dwayne Bowe missing practice because of illness this week.

The Ravens are battle-tested and playoff hardened; the Chiefs? Not so much. Normally they’re hooking up for tee times by now.

Baltimore has Ed Reed stealing passes like a school-yard bully after someone’s lunch money and up front there’s Ray Lewis and his swarming partners.

The Chiefs have an offence led by Matt Cassell, who while efficient isn’t exactly regarded as a giant-killer.

Kansas City, however, does have something going in its favour. It has been bucking the odds all season.

While Arian Foster won the rushing title, KC’s Jamal Charles was the NFL’s best runner with an average of 6.38 yards per carry.

Charles is most dangerous when he gets to the edge — and he gets there often, so that should keep the Lewis Wrecking Crew occupied.

Maybe this won’t be the mismatch everyone expects, especially if Bowe is healthy. If he can’t go; the Chiefs don’t go.

Defensively, the key for the Chiefs according to Football Outsiders’ game charting, could be Tamba Hali. The Chiefs linebacker would appear to have a lane to the quarterback that goes right through Baltimore right tackle Marshal Yanda. Yanda has been victimized for five blown blocks resulting in sacks.

This could be the most difficult game the Chiefs have played all season. But at least they’re playing at home and just maybe they’ve got one more surprise left in the closet.


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