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Kelce, Smith, Hunt, Hill all on verge of breaking multiple Chiefs franchise records

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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) leaps over Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas (32) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) leaps over Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas (32) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

KANSAS CITY, MO (FOOTBALLKC) – As the 2017 Kansas City Chiefs team looks to become the first in franchise history to win a division title in back-to-back years, multiple star offensive players are also on the verge of inking their names into Kansas City’s history books.

Alex Smith

Alex Smith has already turned in a career year with personal best marks for touchdowns and yards passing, highlighted by four separate games with three touchdowns and 300 or more yards passing. He had only hit that mark two times in 141 games entering this season.

With two games remaining, Smith is five touchdown passes shy of matching Len Dawson’s single season touchdown record of 30 set in 1964. Even if he doesn’t throw another score, he currently owns the sixth best single season touchdown total trailing Matt Cassel’s 27, Trent Green’s 27, Elvis Grbac’s 28, and Dawson’s 29 and 30 seasons.

No quarterback in the NFL has more games this season with a 100.0+ passer rating than Smith’s nine. One more passer rating game of 100.0 or better and he ties Len Dawson for most 100.0+ passer rating games as a Chief with 30.

Such a game would also give him 10 on the season, tying the Chiefs all-time record for most 100.0+ passer rating games in a season with Steve DeBerg in 1990.

Smith is 262 yards passing from reaching 4,000 on the year and his 3,738 yards passing so far ranks him sixth in the NFL.

As the season winds down he also ranks fifth in touchdowns thrown, third in yards per attempt and first in touchdown to interception ratio with five touchdowns for every one interception.

Kareem Hunt

After officially becoming the Chiefs’ all-time rookie single-season rush leader last week with 1,201 yards on the ground for the year, Hunt now his sights set on even higher marks.

Hunt is 40 receiving yards away from becoming the fourth rookie running back in NFL history to have 1,000+ yards rushing and 480+ yards rushing in a season. He’s 104+ yards rushing away from becoming the third rookie running back in NFL history to have 1,305+ yards rushing and 440+ yards receiving in a season.

If he reaches both 40 yards receiving and 104 yards rushing on Sunday, he’d become just the second running back in NFL history to have 1,305+ yards rushing and 480+ yards receiving in their rookie season.

Pro Football Focus has tracked Hunt with forcing 56 missed tackles on the season, the highest in the NFL, many of which leading to big runs. Hunt currently ranks second in the NFL this season in 20+ yard runs with 10, two shy of the NFL lead.

Hunt is also three total touchdowns shy of tying the Chiefs all-time rookie record for most touchdowns in a season with 12. He’d be the third Chief to reach a dozen, matching Abner Haynes in 1960 and Tyreek Hill in 2016.

Tyreek Hill

The second year speedster has developed a reputation as one of the game’s best big play weapons, turning in 11 of his 20 career touchdowns for 50 or more yards. Hill is two 50+ yard touchdowns away from tying the all-time NFL record for most 50+ yard TD’s in a player’s first two seasons.

Hill also currently leads all the NFL in 40+ yard catches with eight on the season and has four touchdown catches of 60+ yards, which also leads the NFL. He is 129 yards receiving away from moving into fifth all-time in Chiefs history for most receiving yards in a single season.

Hill already broke a significant record against the Chargers, reaching 1,000 yards receiving in just his second year. He was just the ninth Chiefs wide receiver to reach that mark and only the third to do so in their first two professional seasons.

Travis Kelce

The star tight end was named to his third straight Pro Bowl this week, where he will look to defend his 2017 Pro Bowl MVP, and Kelce has fully established himself as one of the game’s top tight ends this season.

No other tight end in the NFL has been as productive after the catch as Kelce, as he’s totaled 100 yards or more receiving in nine of his last 22 games. In that time, no other tight end has more than three games of 100 or more yards.

Kelce is just 9 yards away from reaching 1,000 yards receiving for the second consecutive season and has a catch streak of 62 games. Since 2014, his first full season as a Chief, Kelce has recorded a catch in every single game the Chiefs have played. Only Tony Gonzalez has a longer streak as a Chief with 132 straight.

If Kelce reaches the 1,000 yard mark this season, Kansas City will have a 1,000-yard running back, a 1,000-yard wide receiver and a 1,000-yard tight end for the first time in franchise history. They’d also be just the fifth team in NFL history to have three reach that mark at three different positions in the same season.

This week could be all of these players last opportunity to break personal, franchise and NFL records, as a win against the Dolphins would clinch the AFC West with still a week left. With no chance at a bye, head coach Andy Reid would likely rest many of his starters in week 17 against Denver with no playoff advantage to be gained.

Kickoff for the Chiefs-Dolphins week 16 matchup at Arrowhead Stadium is set for noon on KCTV5.

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