Whoever says that kickers aren’t physical or can’t do the same things as the other players need to ask Broncos’ punt returner, Trindon Holliday, how he feels about it after he got broke off by Pat McAfee, the Colts’ punter. An argument can be made that place kickers face more scrutiny than any other position. Four games were decided by a final minute made field goal; three of them the last play of the game. Of the four, Nick Folk’s game winner for the Jets in overtime deserves the most attention because he missed an attempt just three plays before. On that play the official flagged the Patriots and penalized them on a rule that had never been enforced before. Many a time, the Patriots receive the benefit of favorable ruling, this time no such luck.
A narrative that has been circulating throughout the football blogosphere is that Kansas City is only succeeding due to the luck of the draw, that my friend is what you call perception. The team that plays home games in Arrowhead Stadium is indeed the current Chief of the NFL, this is reality. (See what I did there?) Kansas City is the first team to begin the season 7-0 after winning only 2 games the previous season. While everybody else is waiting for them to lose, they just keep executing their game plan. Does Alex Smith scare anybody? No, he does the smart thing and plays to his strengths; he is considered the weakness of the team but does his job by keeping the chains moving and allowing the defense to rest. This team plays field position football better than any team right now and keeps mistakes to a minimum. When you do that and play hard for 60 minutes, you can manufacture your own good luck.