Being a third wheel, not great. Three-legged human or dog, not great either. Now a three-legged stool is something, sturdy and hard to knock over like the Chiefs defense. Special Teams are the third leg on a stable platform for this year's Chiefs. We haven't heard too much about the Special Teams lately what with the gushing over the D and the fretting over the offense.
With the virtual neutering of the kick-off return, ST sometimes get overlooked apart from the occasional electrifying punt return (Dex!!) . Special Teams are kind of like interior linemen in that the only time you hear about them is after something got screwed up (kicking the ball into the endzone for recovery TD, yikes!)
KC has some special Special Teams and I'd argue they can be the X-factor, the pick me up that's needed sometimes when neither the O or the D is making it happen. When they pin the opposition at the 5 with a monster tackle, the D is salivating and the O just KNOWS it's getting the ball back at the 50 or better. Adrenaline flows. A ST unit that gets gashed by big returns or muffs punts has a draining effect. This crew does not do that. Sometimes just doing your job is what's needed.
One of the great things to watch this year is how the team seems to weather the ebb and flow of the game, much better than the fans. Each of the three "legs" picks up the others at times. Oh, we march down the field methodically (cuz that's how we roll) poised to score and whoops, Avery fumbles. Fans go insane, fear the worst. The D? OK how 'bout an interception? You're welcome. Offense: thanks for the INT we'll just punch in a TD. Nice. Tight game, how about an 89 yard return? Everyone just relax.
Not to get ahead of ourselves, but when the epic battle of Broncos O vs. the Chiefs D is fought, maybe the X-factor is the special teams and we got great ones.