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Unlike Bengals, Chiefs haven't made QB, WR priorities

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Cincinnati Bengals have a quarterback, Andy Dalton, and a wide receiver, A.J. Green, coming off career games. Pardon the Kansas City Chiefs, who play against the Bengals on Sunday in Cincinnati, if they’re envious.

The Chiefs haven’t had a quarterback throw for 383 yards, as Dalton did in Sunday’s win against the Baltimore Ravens, since Matt Cassel did it in 2010. They haven’t had a wide receiver with 10 catches or two touchdowns in a game since Dwayne Bowe did each, the catches in 2010 and the touchdowns in 2012.

The last time the Chiefs had a receiver with 227 yards? Stephone Paige in 1985. In fact, that’s the only time a Chiefs receiver has topped 227 yards in a game.

So the Chiefs will be in the familiar position again on Sunday of seeing the opponent having the higher-powered passing attack.

The Bengals came by Dalton and Green the old-fashioned way. They wanted them and they drafted them, Green with the fourth overall pick in 2011 and Dalton in the second round that same year.

To develop young players and allow them to have games as Dalton and Green did last week, a team has to cast a wide net. The Chiefs haven’t done that at wide receiver or, as their long-suffering fans know, quarterback.

The Chiefs haven’t drafted a quarterback above the third round in more than 20 years. They’ve occasionally gone for the first-round wide receiver, but more often than not he’s had a disappointing career (Jon Baldwin, Sylvester Morris) than a productive one (Bowe).

The Chiefs had no chance at Green, who was long gone when they made their first pick in 2011. But they could have had Dalton. He was available when they Chiefs picked at No. 26 that year, but they went for Baldwin instead.

The Chiefs have invested in veterans at those positions. They traded a couple of draft picks for quarterback Alex Smith and then re-signed him to a lucrative, long-term contract. They are still waiting for their investment to pay off there.

The Chiefs also signed free-agent Jeremy Maclin, and he had a big game on Monday night against Green Bay, though his was eclipsed by that of Green. Maclin caught eight passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.

The Chiefs have had their shot at other top young receivers and quarterbacks in recent years, but declined to draft them. Between 2008 and 2013, the Chiefs had four picks in the top 10 and two others in the top 15, but they have no offensive playmaker to show for it.

They did draft with those picks three defensive linemen, two offensive linemen and a defensive back.

The Chiefs weren’t in position to draft Green, and Dalton was a shaky prospect when he was coming out of college, so it’s difficult to blame them for not having either player.

But if Dalton and Green go off on Sunday like they did last week, the Chiefs still have only themselves to blame because they haven’t made a priority of drafting and developing a quarterback or a wide receiver.