Yesterday, the Chiefs had a day off from training camp after 5 practices. It was probably a much-needed day off, as minor injuries have started to mount, notably to Sanders Commings , and some bumps and bruises for Donald Stephenson, rookie Phillip Gaines, Eric Kush and Eric Berry. Nothing major and hopefully it stays that way.
I thought it would be fun to take a look at some Chiefs team records that may be broken this season, especially as the excitement builds for the season opener. I will start with some offensive records and take a look at defensive records in another post.
Receiving: Dwayne Bowe, who already leads the Chiefs receptions from a wide receiver with 472, is 906 yards away from passing Otis Taylor for most yards by a wide receiver. Bowe had a down year in 2013, and if he performs to his usual standards, expect that record to be broken, possibly against the Raiders or Steelers near the end of the season. Bowe has also had 3 seasons of 1,000 or more receiving yards, and one more in 2014 would tie him with Tony Gonzalez for most all-time. Bowe has 15 career 100-yard receiving games, which is only 4 behind Otis Taylor for most as a Chiefs wide receiver. He should get that record by the end of the season (he had five 100-yard receiving games in 2010).
Rushing: Jamaal Charles is a scant 247 yards behind Priest Holmes to become the Chiefs all-time rushing yards leader. Knowing Charles, he could easily get that in game 1 against the Titans, and will surely be the Chiefs leading rusher by the end of week 3. Charles is also only 332 rushing attempts short of having the most attempts for the Chiefs. Charles’ career high in rushing attempts in 285, set in 2012, and if he had that many in 2014, he would be in second place after this coming season. Charles currently has 21 games rushing for 100 or more yards in his career, which is only 9 behind Larry Johnson for first place, and 3 behind Priest Holmes for second. He will likely pass Holmes, and it would be great to see him pass Johnson in 2014.
Career touchdowns: Jamaal Charles currently has 44 career touchdowns (29 rushing, 14 receiving, 1 kick return), and 12 more will put him in fifth place ahead of Chris Burford (55) and behind Abner Haynes (58), Otis Taylor (60), Larry Johnson (61), Tony Gonzalez (76) and Priest Holmes (83). Assuming he stays healthy, Andy Reid will likely give Charles many chances to move into the top 5 this season, and another huge year could vault him ahead of Otis Taylor and/or Larry Johnson. Since Charles is now signed for 4 more years, he has a chance to catch Holmes if he stays healthy and averages around 10 touchdowns per year.
Receiving touchdowns: Bowe is only 5 receiving touchdowns behind Stephone Paige for fourth most all time, and 11 behind Chris Burford for third most. I would be very happy if he passes Burford in 2014.
Completion %: Alex Smith completed 60.6% of his passes last season, and with a year working with Andy Reid under his belt, that number could be higher in 2014. The highest completion % in Chiefs history belongs to Len Dawson at 66.4%, but it would be reasonable to suggest that Smith will climb into the top 5 in 2014. All he has to do is complete more than 62.05%, which Damon Huard did in 2007! Smith completed 70.2% of his passes for San Francisco in 2012, and he also completed 61.3% in 2011.
Passing touchdowns: Smith threw for 23 touchdowns in 2013, the most in one season in his career. The Chiefs record for passing touchdowns in one season is 30, also held by Len Dawson. If Smith improves in Reid’s system, and Dwayne Bowe improves his production, Smith could easily jump into the top 5 if he throws for 26 or more touchdowns this season.
Receptions by a running back: Charles had 70 receptions last season, which ranks tied for the second most receptions by a running back in Chiefs history (Priest Holmes had 70 in 2002, and 74 in 2003). Another huge season could see Charles set the record this season, although in all honesty, I would rather see Dwayne Bowe carry some of the receiving load this season. Charles is only 402 yards behind Priest Holmes for fourth most receiving yards by a running back. He had 693 yards last season (most ever by a running back in one season for the Chiefs), and could easily move past Holmes in 2014.
PAT’s attempted: Ryan Succop has made 160 points after touchdown, with is only 4 behind Pete Stoyanovich for third most attempted, and 3 behind Stoyanovich for third most PAT’s made by a Chiefs kicker. Assuming Succop beats out rookie Cairo Santos for the placekicking duties, he will become third-best in 2014 (Succop was a perfect 52 for 52 on PAT’s in 2013).
I will take a look at defensive and other special teams records in another post. Thanks for reading, and Go Chiefs!