Points-a-plenty for Chiefs defense, special teams

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm •  Published: December 19, 2013
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — They're given the somewhat ambiguous title "miscellaneous points" by the Kansas City Chiefs, though coach Andy Reid is quick to point out that they count just the same.

Whenever the defense scoops up a fumble and scores a touchdown, or picks off a pass and takes it to the house, it goes into the category of miscellaneous points. Same for when Dexter McCluster returns a punt for a touchdown or someone brings back a kickoff for a score.

You would think the Chiefs would have come up with a more glamorous name, given the number of points they've been piling up this season.

Kansas City has a league-leading 11 touchdowns from defense and special teams with two games still to play in the regular season. That's the third-most touchdowns in NFL history, and a level that has been achieved just eight other times — three of those also by the Chiefs.

"Sudden change and getting into the end zone, any time you get points is a good thing. It helps you win games," safety Eric Berry said. "That's just our mentality every week, just coming in here and trying to score points however we can."

The Chiefs scored 35 points off turnovers last week, and Berry had six of them when he took back one of his two interceptions for a 47-yard touchdown. The two-time Pro Bowl pick also returned a 38-yard interception for a touchdown earlier this season against Philadelphia.

All told, the Chiefs have scored 140 points off turnovers this season, more than half without even sending their offense onto the field. To put that into perspective, the 49ers have scored the second-most in the league and still have just 115 points off turnovers.

"That's what the coaches have been talking about every week," linebacker Derrick Johnson said, "when the offense isn't on the defense has to be on. This is a team deal."

The touchdowns scored by the defense and special teams have come in all fashions.

Five times the Chiefs have picked off a pass and returned it for a score — Berry has two, but Tamba Hali, Sean Smith and Husain Abdullah also have done it. Hali also has a fumble return for a touchdown on defense, and Marcus Cooper has one on punt coverage. Then there's the two punt return TDs by McCluster, and the kickoff return touchdowns by Quintin Demps and Knile Davis.



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