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Travis Kelce poised to break NFL record in Chiefs-Raiders game

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The Chiefs tight end has already eclipsed Tony Gonzalez’ franchise record for receiving yards in a season

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In Sunday night’s 38-31 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce had five catches for 54 yards — his third-lowest total in a game this season.

While it didn’t attract a lot of attention by itself, it did put him over a milestone. Kelce now totals 1,274 receiving yards in 2018, which set a new franchise record for a Chiefs tight end, exceeding the previous mark of 1,258 set by new Chiefs Hall of Fame inductee Tony Gonzalez in 2004.

It’s the fifth-most receiving yards by any player in Chiefs history.

Had the Chiefs won the game — thereby clinching a number one seed in the playoffs — the story might have ended there. But now that the Chiefs will be playing for all the marbles on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, Kelce has a chance to knock down another record — this one for the entire league.

With another 54 receiving yards on Sunday, Kelce will set an all-time single-season NFL record for receiving yards by a tight end, eclipsing the 1,327 yards gained by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in 2011.

Kelce now has 5,174 receiving yards in his career, and has a long way to go to catch Gonzalez’ NFL career record of 15,127. He’ll need a long career — Gonzalez played for 17 seasons — but among tight ends with at least 5,000 career yards, Kelce is second only to Gronkowski with 65.5 receiving yards per game. Gonzalez averaged 56.0 in his career.

But Kelce isn’t the only one who can set records on Sunday.

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With 74 yards on Sunday night, wide receiver Tyreek Hill now has 1,378 yards on the season. With just 14 yards on Sunday against the Raiders, Hill will set a new Chiefs record for single-season receiving yards, breaking the previous record of 1,391 set by Derrick Alexander in 2000.

Short of being inactive for the game. it’s hard to imagine Hill will finish the season without breaking Alexander’s record.

But consider this: if Kelce gets at least 118 yards on Sunday — which he’s done twice this season, and five times in his career — Hill and Kelce will have first and second-most single-season receiving yards in franchise history... in the same season.

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You’ve probably already heard that with 5100 passing yards in 16 career games, Patrick Mahomes is the only player in NFL history to reach the 5000-yard mark in so few games.

With 273 yards last Sunday, Mahomes has already surpassed Trent Green’s previous franchise single-season record of 4,591 set in 2004. Now with 4,816 yards on the season, Mahomes needs just 184 yards against Oakland this Sunday to be only the sixth player to pass for more than 5,000 yards in a single season. He would be the youngest player to achieve the feat since Dan Marino in 1984.

With at least two touchdown passes against the Raiders, Mahomes will have at least 50 on the season. He would be only the third player — behind Peyton Manning and Tom Brady — to throw 50 in a single season, and would be by far the youngest ever. Brady was 30 when he did it in 2007, and Manning was 37 when he achieved the feat in 2013.

With all these numbers, you might guess that Mahomes has a stellar passer rating for the season — and you’d be right. With a rating of 114.0, he’s second only to Drew Brees this season, and is currently seventh-best all time for a single season with at least 400 attempts. Without a meltdown on Sunday, Mahomes will be the youngest quarterback in NFL history to have a single-season passer rating above 110 — and it’s not that close. When Russell Wilson had a rating of 110.1 in 2015, he was 27.