Earlier this week, I took a look at some Kansas City offensive records that might be broken by Chiefs players in 2015. Today, I will do the same for defensive records.
I took a gamble last year and predicted the Chiefs would set a franchise record with 12 sacks in one game. They were not able to set that record, which stands at 11 sacks. The closest they came in 2014 was 7 sacks, which they accomplished against both St. Louis and San Diego. However, thanks to Justin Houston’s monster season, the Chiefs did garner at least 1 sack in every single regular season game in 2014, and should be primed to repeat that feat in 2015.
Several records that could have fallen last year but did not since Eric Berry and Derrick Johnson fell victim to injury and ill health. Most notably, Johnson was on pace to shatter the Chiefs career tackles record, which is currently 999, set by Gary Spani. However, getting hurt in the first game derailed that. Johnson, who has 985 career tackles, is seemingly healthy and ready for another great season, so based on his career pace that record should fall in the first or second game of the season. This will be something to keep an eye on! Also, both Derrick Johnson and Eric Berry need one more defensive return touchdown to be tied for the third most in Chiefs history. The Chiefs only had one defensive touchdown in 2014, which was Hussain Abdullah’s interception return against NE.
Other records that might fall:
Most sacks career: Tamba Hali did not reach Neil Smith for #2 on the all-time list last season (Derrick Thomas is first with 126.5), but if he gets 7 sacks in 2015, they will be tied. Justin Houston cracked into the top 6 with his huge year in 2014, and he can move into the top 5 all time with just 2.5 sacks this season.
Most sacks in consecutive seasons: Derrick Thomas holds the record with 33.5 sacks in consecutive seasons, but if Justin Houston gets 11.5 or more in 2015, he will tie that. Houston is in his prime and while it is unlikely he will replicate his 22 sacks in 2014, it is reasonable to predict that he will set a new Chiefs record for sacks in consecutive seasons.
Most career safeties: Both Tamba Hali and Justin Houston have 1 career safety, which is tied for 3rd in Chiefs’ history. Derrick Thomas holds the record with 3. If either Hali or Houston gets one in 2015, they will move into a tie for second place.
Most interceptions, rookie season: Bobby Hunt holds the Chiefs record with 8 interceptions during his rookie season. While that record may be a difficult one to break, we have already seen that Marcus Peters has a knack for picking off quarterbacks, and he could possibly set a new record. If Peters gets at least 4 interceptions, he will move into the top 4 in Chiefs history.
The regular season is only a short 12 days away, so LET’S GO CHIEFS!