With head coach Andy Reid in the background, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes targets tight end Travis Kelce during training camp last month in St. Joseph.

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The start of the NFL season renews the pursuit of milestones.

And, yes, Patrick Mahomes’ legs must be tired from all the chases he does.

Here are some of the latest records he, tight end Travis Kelce and their Chiefs teammates — as well as head coach Andy Reid — could soon hold, and some lists they could climb this fall.

Patrick Mahomes, quarterback:

  • With 4,500 passing yards and 35 touchdowns, Mahomes will become the fourth player to hit those benchmarks at least four times in his career. The others: Tom Brady (five), Drew Brees (four) and Peyton Manning (four). Mahomes produced 4,500/35 seasons in the three years he played at least 15 games.
  • With 4,000 passing yards, Mahomes will join Manning as the only quarterback in NFL history to achieve that output in five of his first six years. Remember, Mahomes only played one game in his first season.
  • Mahomes could also remain the NFL’s career leader in passer ratings (105.8), a list that favors the 21st century and younger quarterbacks. Of the top eight passers on this list, seven are active – and the eighth, Brees, recently retired. All but two of the top 39 played in the 2000s. If the Chargers’ Justin Herbert had enough attempts to qualify, he would finish eighth and, with the Broncos’ Russell Wilson in fourth, AFC West would have three of the best of all times in this category. Derek Carr of the Raiders enters the No. 17 season all-time.
  • Mahomes is 50-13 as a starting quarterback, and his winning percentage (.794) is the best among active quarterbacks who have made at least 10 starts.
  • With 2,264 passing yards and 23 touchdowns, Mahomes will have the most by any player in his first 75 games.
  • One more for No. 15: Mahomes’ playoff passer rating of 105.7 is nearly identical to his regular-season number in that category. But he trails on this list. Buffalo’s Josh Allen, fresh off his incredible playoff run in which he threw nine touchdowns without interceptions, leads the category with 106.6.

Travis Kelce, tight end:

  • Speaking of the playoffs, Kelce extended the reception rankings and now ranks third in career playoff receptions and touchdowns.
  • Kelce played what would equate to a playoff season – 15 – and against playoff competition, he had what equated to the best season of his career: 106 receptions, 12 touchdowns and 1,291 yards. It is a remarkable production in the highest pressure situations.
  • With 96 receptions, Kelce will become the fifth tight end with 800 catches for his career.
  • He also needs 994 yards to reach 10,000. Tony Gonzalez, the former leader, tops both lists — caught by a tight end and yards by a tight end.
  • A season of 1,000 receiving yards will make Kelce the first tight end with seven seasons of at least 1,000 yards
  • Kelce only needs four 100-yard games to surpass Rob Gronkowski (32) for the most 100-yard games as a tight end.

Andy Reid, Head Coach

  • Reid has amassed 16 seasons with 10 or more wins. If the Chiefs post their eighth straight season of double-digit wins in 2022, Reid will only be trailing Bill Belichick (20) and Don Shula (20) on this list.
  • Only two coaches, Belichick (20) and George Seifert (eight), have won at least 10 games in eight consecutive seasons.

Team Leaders:

  • The Chiefs’ six consecutive titles in the AFC West match the third-longest streak in NFL/AFL history. Next on the list is seven in a row, by the LA Rams from 1973 to 1979. The leader is New England. The Patriots won 11 straight from 2009 to 2019. The craziest thing is that the Pats had won five games in a row before Tom Brady was injured in 2008 and the Miami Dolphins won the AFC East. So it was 16 of 17 for the Patriots.
  • The Chiefs’ four consecutive appearances in the AFC title game are also tied for third. The Oakland Raiders went to five straight games starting in 1973. The Patriots started an eight-year streak in 2011.

Sources: Pro-football-reference.com and 2022 Official NFL Record and Fact Book

Blair Kerkhoff has been covering sports for the Kansas City Star since 1989.


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