Let's not even talk about the San Diego special teams from last season, because frankly, it is just too frustrating to mention. Last night, though, special teams were brilliant.
Nate Kaeding, the most accurate kicker in NFL history, went 5-for-5 on field goals last night, after missing all of last season with an ACL injury he suffered on the kickoff of the season opener.
Punter Mike Scifres averaged 54.3 yards a punt last night and only one was returned, resulting in a 15-yard gain. The Chargers only allowed one kickoff return in the game and it only resulted in a 6-yard gain, while the other six kickoffs all went for touchbacks.
The return game was great for San Diego as well. Kick returner Richard Goodman averaged 25.3 yards on three returns. Punt returner Eddie Royal showed a flash of brilliance when he returned a punt 46 yards, but unfortunately it was called back for an illegal block. Royal also had two other returns for a combined 18 yards.
Lastly, the Chargers punt blocking did an outstanding job. Oakland botched two snaps on punts, which allowed San Diego to tackle the punter and set up outstanding field position. Dante Rosario also broke through and blocked a punt.
Overall, things went really well on special teams for San Diego last night.