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Sunday, January 1st
W - 37 to 27

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You would think that the Chiefs would be more careful about making sure information published on their official web site is correct. For the past week or two, the web site has been reporting that Priest Holmes is very close to the team record for reception yardage in a season by a running back. According to the Chiefs, the current record is the 590 yards amassed by Curtis McClinton in 1963. Actually, the record is held by MacArthur Lane, who caught 66 passes for 686 yards and one touchdown in 1976. Ordinarily this would not be a big deal, but Lane led the AFC in receptions that season and he is the only Chief ever to claim that honor. I realize that the Chiefs would like to forget that ugly period (1974-1985) in the team's history, but let's give credit where credit is due.

If Tony Gonzalez can get 92 yards in receptions this week against Seattle, he will become the first Chiefs player to break the 1,000-yard mark two seasons in a row since Carlos Carson did it in 1983 and 1984. Unfortunately, Tony has not been consistently productive against the Seahawks. In nine games, Tony's stats against Seattle are 44 catches for 419 yards and one touchdown. With 51 yards against Seattle, Tony will become only the sixth player in Chiefs history to amass 4,000 yards lifetime in reception yardage. Tony is seventh in lifetime receptions with 332 and seventh in receiving TDs with 30. These figures are even more impressive when you realize that he has only played in 78 games so far.

Free agency - and the "parity" that goes with it - stinks. I say this despite the overall success KC has had with signing quality free agents. There is no such thing as quality depth anymore. "Team chemistry" has to be rebuilt every season. Any team can go from the cellar to the Super Bowl and back to the cellar in successive seasons. Dynasties are a thing of the past. Those of you who think that the game is better today because teams are more "competitive" need to get a grip on reality. Watch this year's "competitive" defense flounder around and then compare it to the 1969 team's defense (9 all-pros with a total of 49 Pro Bowl appearances and three players who are in the NFL Hall of Fame). Which would you really rather have?

Sunday's game will be the last game in a Chiefs uniform for many players. Historically, somewhere between 18 and 30 players will lose their spot on the 53-man roster. I don't like to speculate, but my guess is that we've seen the end of the road for the following veterans: Derrick Alexander, Kendall Gammon, Todd Collins, Victor Riley, Mike Cloud, Todd Peterson, Marvcus Patton, Lew Bush, Ray Crockett, and Bracey Walker.

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