Last summer, I posted about Kansas City offensive records that the 2014 Chiefs might break during the season. In an effort to make this an annual occurrence, below is a look at Chiefs’ records that might fall this season, as well as a quick look at records that fell in 2014.
First of all, long time KC receiver Dwayne Bowe has departed, meaning most Chiefs’ receiving records will remain untouched for a while. In particular, Bowe was 152 receiving yards away from the most all time by a Chiefs wide receiver. Two receiving records could fall in 2015:
Single season receiving yards: New receiver Jeremy Maclin has already showed that he has developed a working relationship with QB Alex Smith, and thus there is the possibility that he will threaten Derrick Alexander’s club record for receiving yards in one season, which is 1,391. Maclin’s career high is 1,318 yards, set last year.
Single season receiving TD’s: Bowe’s team record of 15 receiving TD’s in one season feels pretty safe, although Maclin could again threaten it. There have been 9 instances of 10 or more receiving TD’s in a single season in team history and Maclin has potential to become the 10th. He caught 10 TD’s in both 2010 and 2014 with the Eagles.
Secondly, entering his 8th year in the NFL, Jamaal Charles is primed to set several Chiefs’ records:
Most career rushing attempts with the Chiefs: Jamaal Charles needed 6 games last season to become the Chiefs’ all-time leading rusher. In 2015, he has a chance to pass Larry Johnson for the most career rushing attempts. Charles only needs 127 more rushing attempts to claim the lead (and 73 to pass Priest Holmes for second-most all time). He has averaged 250 attempts the past 3 seasons, and should claim this record sometime in the middle of the season.
Most career 100-yard rushing games: Charles only had one 100-yard rushing game in 2014 (he had 4 other games with at least 91 rushing yards), and he currently sits 2 games behind Priest Holmes and 8 games behind Larry Johnson for most all time. A huge season would make him the franchise’s all-time leader in that category. In his healthy years, he has averaged 3.7 games per season with 100 rushing yards; his career high is 7 games, which he set in 2012.
Most 10+ yard rushes: Jamaal Charles currently has 183 rushes of 10 yards or more, just 7 behind Priest Holmes for most all time. At his current pace, he will break that record in about 50 rushing attempts, possibly in the 4th game of the season (at Cincinnati).
Most attempts from scrimmage: Jamaal Charles is only 62 attempts (rushing and receiving) from becoming the Chiefs all-time leader. He should break that record in the first half of the season.
Most yards from scrimmage: Charles is only 1832 yards behind Tony Gonzalez for most yards from scrimmage all time. His career high is 1980 yards from scrimmage, set in 2013. A solid season will see this record fall.
Lastly, it is worth noting that most passing records require at least 1,000 passing attempts. Alex Smith currently has 972 attempts, and will begin to qualify for team records probably in the 2nd game of the season. Among the records to watch for are:
Completion %: Smith has completed 62.8% of his passes while playing for Kansas City, above his career average of 60.6%. In 2015, he might be able to capture the single season best (66.4%, set by Len Dawson), as well as the career best (61.9%, set by Trent Green).
Although not a team record, Smith could easily set a career high in single-season passing yards and TD’s. He probably would have set a career high in yards last season until an injury kept him out of the final game of the season. His career high is 3,313 yards and 23 TD’s, both set in 2013.
I will take a look at defensive records that could fall in 2015 later this week. Thanks for reading and Go Chiefs!