There's been lots to talk about with the Kansas City Chiefs all season long: from defending a Super Bowl Championship to hosting the NFL draft, from wide receiver struggles to a tight end dating some pop singer. However, there have not been enough headlines locally or nationally focused upon the excellent season Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker is having.
Last Sunday night, Brandon Aubrey was the toast of the NFL for his booming 60-yard field goals that helped propel the Dallas Cowboys to a win over the Philadelphia Eagles. A few weeks ago Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo was celebrated for passing Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker as the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history. After a few missed kicks, Butker and Tucker have both now passed Koo on that list.
But it feels like nobody is talking about the only player on the Chiefs who is having literally the perfect season.
Last season, the Chiefs struggled on special teams collectively. While there were several contributing factors to their struggles, Butker having his worst season didn't help. The entire special teams unit has bounced back this season but Butker not missing a single kick has been the highlight. He's the only kicker in the NFL currently to be perfect on every kick this season (field goal and extra point). You can always count on him to boom the ball through the back of the end zone on a kickoff as well.
With the struggles of the offense this season, it's more important than ever that the Chiefs special teams execute. The Chiefs have played lots of close games this year and Butker hitting every kick is a key part of that. With Justin Tucker having a down year (for him), Butker might finally earn his first All-Pro team recognition.
It's exciting to celebrate his perfect rating right now but it's also important to acknowledge this if he misses in the near future. The Chiefs offense has struggled scoring all year and if Butker misses a big kick in an upcoming game, he's the last person who deserves blame.