The bad news about Sanders Commings was no fun to deal with, so I wanted to post something to keep our minds off of it. I previously posted about Chiefs’ offensive records that could fall this season, and below are the defensive ones that may be in jeopardy in 2014. I am writing this while watching the KC Royals and listening to KC’s very own Tech N9ne (even though I live in Houston). No better way to prepare for the upcoming Chiefs season than having a “Kansas City” evening! Everyone’s favorite defensive stat is the almighty sack, so I will start with that:
Career sacks: Tamba Hali is currently 13 sacks behind Neil Smith for second all-time on the Chiefs. He currently has 73.5, and if he stays healthy and has a monster season, he could surpass Neil Smith. A huge part of this will depend on Justin Houston/Dee Ford wreaking havoc on the other side. Hali should celebrate sack #87 with a home run swing.
Career tackles: Derrick Johnson, the Chiefs most dependable defender for the past 9 years, has amassed an incredible 981 stops for the Chiefs so far, which ranks third best all time. He already owns the Chiefs’ single season best total for tackles with 179 (in 2011), and if he stays healthy, he will easily pass Gary Spani, who has 999. DJ’s 1,000th tackle will be something to see, and if he has not achieved that by the third game against Miami, make sure you attend the Monday night game against New England on September 29 and watch him make Chiefs history. I got goosebumps just typing that. Can you imagine if his 1,000th tackle is a sack on Tom Brady??? No way the Patriots win that game…
Career safeties: Both Justin Houston and Tamba Hali have (only) one career safety. This number should be higher (!). If either of them notches a safety in 2014 (preferably against Peyton Manning), they will become tied for second place. Derrick Thomas holds the record with 3.
Forced fumbles: The next fumble that Tamba Hali forces will tie him with Neil Smith for second place all time (29). Hali had 4 forced fumbles in 2013 and should pass Smith this season.
Defensive touchdowns: Derrick Johnson and Eric Berry both currently have 3 defensive touchdowns (all from interceptions) and if either scores one this season, they will become tied for third best in Chiefs history (the record is 8 by Bobby Bell). The Chiefs scored 5 defensive touchdowns in 2013. A repeat of that would be fantastic.
Most sacks in a game: I am going to go out on a limb here and predict the 2014 Chiefs will surpass their franchise record of 11 sacks in one game, set in 1984. I could see it happening against the Rams in October. Houston, Hali and Dee Ford could be the best trio of pass rushers in the NFL, especially with Dontari Poe leading the way. 12 sacks in a game in 2014. Sounds awesome doesn’t it?
I am excited to get this preseason and season underway so we can see if any of the records will be broken. I promise to take a look back after the season’s end and see which records fell. First preseason game only 5 days away! Go Chiefs!