From the O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
Sunday was Dustin Colquitt’s 100th game as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Hitting the century mark, Colquitt had one of the best games of his seven-year career. Kicking against the NFL’s all-time leading punter in Shane Lechler of the Raiders, 19Colquitt was the best foot on the field. He averaged 52.6 yards on his seven punts.
More importantly, Colquitt and the Chiefs had a net average of 47 yards and he knocked three punts inside the 20-yard line. On those kicks, the Raiders started their offensive possessions at the Oakland, 2, 2 and 18-yard lines.
Without a doubt, Colquitt tilted the field for the Chiefs.
“The coverage guys did a great job all day and it was really almost perfect conditions to kick in,” said Colquitt. “I’d like to have a couple of those kicks I had against the wind back, but overall I’m really pleased. We knew we had to have a good game and I think we did. Ryan (Succop) really kicked the ball well and we kept everything contained.”
Colquitt has always enjoyed kicking in Oakland because of the presence of Lechler, who entered the game as the leading punter in NFL history with a career average of 47.5 yards, topping the career number of Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh (45.1).
“You always come in and feel like you have to raise your game to compete with him,” said Colquitt. “He’s as good as it gets and that’s always got me excited to come in and go against him.”
His punts traveled 42, 46, 47, 52, 58, 58 and 65 yards. That last kick was his longest of the season. Four punts were returned by WR Denarius Moore for a total of 39 yards.
The big punts came in the first half. Colquitt’s kick went for 58 yards and rookie CB Jalil Brown got down the field and was able to throw the ball back into the field of play just as it was going into the end zone. It was downed at the Oakland 2-yard line.
Later in the half, Colquitt got off a 52-yard punt that bounced once into the hands of S Donald Washington, who set up at the Oakland 2-yard line to catch the ball.
“We’ve worked really hard on getting down the field and keeping that ball from ending up in the end zone,” said Washington.