Everything has to be taken into consideration when handicapping a football game. In regards to KC Vs SD, KC was playing their 2nd straight road game which covers at a high rate. If you think SD had no home field advantage, this should be an automatic fade. And in that case KC would be 2.5/3 points better not 5.5/6 points depending on what line you had last week. And KC definitely was that much better considering their momentum coming off beating a good Pittsburgh team, blowing out Detroit, and handing Denver an ass whooping. Sure Manning played bad, but KC executed, and they've shown to be on the rise, playing as a team, and focused. San Diego had reasons why they could cover as well, with players coming back from injury and rivers always seeming to do well with a limited supporting cast, and for those reasons i cant blame you for picking San Diego. But putting 8 units on them was absolutely absurd, given the circumstances. It's easy to fall in love with a pick right when you see the line, but it's always worth it to look at how the other team can cover.
Can run stride for stride with receivers down field
Shows burst to close
Knack for jumping routes; instinctive
Physical on line of scrimmage; nice hands
Great feet and balance
Takes proper angles in run support
Comfortable in press coverage
Shows awareness in zone
Mirrors receivers well
Will take on a block
Lapses in concentration
Could improve form tackling
A little too high in backpedal
Must locate ball more precisely; might lack some vision
Occasionally looks sluggish coming out of breaks
Summary: Dowling has the physical traits to be a starting corner in the NFL and I love his competitive attitude. However, he needs better coaching at the next level, and if someone can perfect his technique, he could be a playmaker. Looks like a first-round talent.
Player Comparison: Ike Taylor. Taylor and Dowling have great size, athleticism, and the competitive attitude you love to see.