The Kansas City Chiefs haven't had a lot of success with big play wide receivers until this season. This stat from ESPN pretty much tells the story in the past five years, and why Jeremy Maclin's arrival has been key for KC.
Chiefs have had 4 WR go for 140+ yards in a game in the last 5 seasons Jeremy Maclin accounts for 3 of those games this season alone— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 29, 2015
Maclin has done it three times this season.In Week 3 in Green Bay he went for 141 yards, in Week 4 in Cincinnati he went for 148 yards and now in Week 12 he went for 160 yards against the Bills. The first two games could be considered garbage time stats because the Chiefs were losing big.
This most recent game against the Bills was most definitely not garbage time. Those deep passes from Alex Smith to Jeremy Maclin basically won the game for the Chiefs. We have been clamoring for play calls like that for a while and the Chiefs finally did it, thanks partially to a Bills defense that left a single safety high.
So far this season Maclin has 57 catches for 772 yards (with a missed game due to a concussion). That puts him on pace for 82 catches for 1,123 yards this season.