I've been reading the post where everybody seems to be arguing about whether or not Monday's win was a fluke (it wasn't) which has me wondering: do special teams not count as a legitimate part of the game anymore? Or is it just accepted that if you're good at them you're just lucky (or fluky)? In all the talk about how many yard Rivers passed for Monday night and how many yards Cassel didn't there's been a deafening silence about the stats on special teams.
Here's a news flash: the Chiefs fucking dominated the Chargers on special teams Monday night. Our kick and coverage teams absolutely destroyed San Diego. And the Chargers have a very, vert solid return guy in Darren Sproles.
Let's look at the numbers: 219 return yards for the Chiefs -- 65 return yards for San Diego. It's interesting, you look at those stats and they are almost as lopsided as the passing stats. Sproles averaged about 6 yards per return. Dex and Arenas both averaged over 30. So why is nobody talking about these number? It must be that special teams don't count, right? If you score on special teams it can't be because of skill or gameplanning can it? It must be a fluke.
Ladies and gentlemen, special teams are just as important as offense and defense.