Dwayne Bowe predicts he’ll lead NFL in catches and TDs; is that realistic?

The last time the Kansas City Chiefs got competent and consistent play from the quarterback position, in 2010, Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe led the league with 15 touchdown catches. So with Alex Smith coming to KC to bring some much-needed competency to the quarterback position, it wouldn't be far-fetched to imagine Bowe returning to the top of touchdown mountain in 2013. 

Bowe is so confident, though, that he's willing to predict that he'll lead the league in that category, as well as in receptions in general. That's what the 28-year-old former first-round pick told the media at practice Wednesday, according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star

Yes, new head coach Andy Reid has been known to run offenses that throw the ball a lot, but Bowe's never had more than 86 catches in a season. Since 2008, nobody has led the league with fewer than 115 receptions, which means he'd have to increase his high watermark by at least 33 percent in order to have a shot at finishing first in that category. 

That probably isn't happening, but it never hurts to reach for the stars. 

The excited Bowe also predicted that running back Jamaal Charles would also lead the league in rushing, which essentially means that he believes an offense that averaged a league-low 13.2 points per game in 2012 will suddenly become the best unit in the league in 2013. There's almost no other way Bowe puts up 115-plus catches while Charles rushes for at least 1,600 yards, which is the minimum requirement to be in the mix for the rushing crown. 

Brad Gagnon

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Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at theScore.com, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at CBSSports.com, Deadspin, FoxSports.com, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.