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Record Watch: A Look at Some Historic Milestones the Chiefs Might Reach This Season

Posted Nov 19, 2017

The Chiefs are on pace to break some team and individual records

The Kansas City Chiefs are in the midst of another strong season, leading the AFC West through the campaign’s first 10 weeks, and it has them on the doorstep of some history.

In our first ever edition of Record Watch, let’s take a look at a handful of team and individual franchise marks that the Chiefs are closing in on this season.

Team Records

The Chiefs have been lighting up the scoreboard this season

Kansas City has scored 253 points so far this season and is on pace for 449 on the year, which would rank as the fourth-most in franchise history and the most since 2004.

MOST POINTS, SEASON

1.         484      2003

2.         483      2004

3.         467      2002

            449      2017 Pace

4.         448      1966

5.         430      2013

The Chiefs have gained 3,346 total yards on the season and are on pace to amass 5,948 yards by year’s end. That would also rank as the fourth-most in team history, and the most since 2005.

MOST NET YARDS, SEASON

1.         6,695   2004

2.         6,192   2005

3.         6,000   2002

            5,948  2017 Pace

4.         5,910   2003

5.         5,692   1994

A pass-catching tandem like Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill doesn’t come along too often

Both Kelce (629) and Hill (617) are on pace to record over 1,000 yards through the air this season. If they do so, it’ll be just the fourth time in team history that multiple players tally over 1,000 yards receiving, and the first time since 2008.  

MULTIPLE 1,000-YARD RECEIVERS, SAME SEASON

1.         2,594 (1,391-Derrick Alexander, 1,203-Tony Gonzalez)         2000

2.         2,344 (1,258-Tony Gonzalez, 1,086-Eddie Kennison)            2004

3.         2,080 (1,058-Tony Gonzalez, 1,022-Dwayne Bowe)              2008

Kelce is looking to become the first Chiefs player to record back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons since Dwayne Bowe did so in 2010 and 2011.

Individual Records

Alex Smith is putting together a historic season

Smith’s 113.9 passer rating this season doesn’t only lead the league, it’s the best mark in team history. Only Len Dawson (101.9 in 1966) has ever finished an entire Chiefs season with a 100.0 or better passer rating (minimum 20 attempts).

HIGHEST PASSER RATING, SEASON (200 ATTEMPTS)

1.         113.9               Alex Smith      2017

2.         101.9               Len Dawson    1966

3.         98.8                 Len Dawson    1968

4.         98.4                 Len Dawson    1962

5.         98.0                 Damon Huard  2006

Smith has posted a passer rating of at least 100.0 in seven games this season, tied for the second-best mark in a single season by any quarterback in franchise history. He needs four more 100.0-plus games to pass Steve DeBerg (10) for first place in franchise history.

He’s tallied 27 such games since joining the Chiefs in 2013, tied for the second-most in team history. He needs four more 100.0-plus games to pass Len Dawson (30) for the franchise record.

Kareem Hunt is running into the record books

Hunt owns 800 rushing yards on the season, already the fifth-most in team history by a rookie. He needs 321 yards to pass Joe Delaney for the most rushing yards by a rookie in franchise history.

MOST RUSHING YARDS, ROOKIE, SEASON

1.         1,121   Joe Delaney                 1981

2.         875      Abner Haynes              1960

3.         866      Robert Holmes             1968

4.         801      Mike Garrett                 1966

5.         800      Kareem Hunt              2017

Hunt has rushed for 100-plus yards in four games this season, one shy of matching Delaney for the franchise mark by a rookie.

Rookie Kicker Harrison Butker has been automatic 

Butker joined the Chiefs prior to Week 4 and has been nearly perfect since, connecting on 19 field goals - the fourth-most field by a rookie kicker in franchise history.

MOST FIELD GOALS MADE, ROOKIE, SEASON

1.         25        Ryan Succop                2009

                        Cairo Santos                2014

3.         21        Jan Stenerud               1967

4.         19        Harrison Butker         2017

5.         13        Jack Spikes                 1960

Butker missed his first-career attempt way back in Week 4, but has hit all 19 of his kicks since, moving him just four shy of matching the franchise record for consecutive made field goals.  

MOST CONSECUTIVE FIELD GOALS MADE

1.         22        Pete Stoyanovich        1997-98

                        Ryan Succop               2011

3.         21        Nick Lowery                1990

                        Nick Lowery                1991

5.         19        Harrison Butker         2017

Punter Dustin Colquitt is timeless and among the best to ever do it

Colquitt has been with the Chiefs since 2005, playing in 199 career contests. With just one more game, he’ll become the fourth player in franchise history to ever hit the field 200-plus times. He needs to see action in five more games to pass punter Jerrel Wilson (203) for the third-most games played in franchise history.

MOST GAMES PLAYED, CAREER

1.         224      Will Shields                  1993-06

2.         212      Nick Lowery                 1980-93

3.         203      Jerrel Wilson                1963-70

4.         199      Dustin Colquitt           2005-17

5.         190      Tony Gonzalez             1997-08

Colquitt has made the most out of those appearances, drilling 1,004 career punts. That’s just 14 shy of matching Wilson for the most in team history, and it currently ranks 22nd in NFL history.

He’s been effective as ever, too. Colquitt owns the franchise record for punts inside the 20-yard line with 409, and he’s one of just four players since 1976 with over 400 punts inside the 20.  He needs 31 more such punts to pass Brad Maynard (439) for third place on the all-time list.

A couple of defensive players are closing in on some milestones 

Linebacker Derrick Johnson, like Colquitt, has been with Kansas City since 2005. He’s already the franchise’s leading tackler (1,236), and with just two more starts, he’ll pass Tim Grunhard (164) for the fourth-most starts in team history.

MOST GAMES STARTED, CAREER (SINCE 1968)

1.         223      Will Shields                 1993-06

2.         174      Tony Gonzalez             1997-08

3.         171      Jack Rudnay                1970-82

4.         164      Tim Grunhard              1990-00

5.         163      Derrick Johnson        2005-17

Fellow linebacker Justin Houston is also getting closer to some history, as he sits just 6.0 sacks behind Art Still for the fourth-most in team history. Linebacker Tamba Hali, who saw his first action of the season in Week 9 against Dallas, ranks second on the list.

MOST SACKS, CAREER

1.         126.5               Derrick Thomas              1989-99

2.         89.5                 Tamba Hali                   2006-17

3.         85.5                 Neil Smith                     1988-96

4.         73.0                 Art Still                          1978-87

5.        67.5                 Justin Houston             2011-17

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