However, the star of the special teams on Friday night was punter Dustin Colquitt, who averaged nearly 46 yards per punt. Although the Arrowhead crowd appreciated his third quarter smash that went for 73 yards, that wasn't what had them buzzing.
Just the thought of Arenas and McCluster in the open field had the fans in a frenzy every time they had their hands on the ball.
We've already seen what Arenas can do. He nearly broke a return in the second quarter, but was tripped up by an Eagles defender. Had he eluded him, he had a clear shot into the end zone.
After a penalty wiped out a short kickoff return by Arenas, the Chiefs made the Eagles do it again and this time McCluster had his chance to raise the roof.
McCluster nearly brought down the house with long kick-off return.
All he did was race 41 yards down the field, nearly breaking the last tackle. In the fourth quarter, after the Eagles kicked a field goal, he had a nifty 37-yard kickoff return that he nearly broke loose for an even bigger gain.
The Chiefs are in a unique situation. Not only do they have these two rookie return men, but each a large part of their respective sides of the ball. Arenas is the nickel corner on defense and McCluster plays both running back and slant receiver for the offense.
But if the Chiefs really wanted to make things interesting, they also have running back Jamaal Charles to handle kickoff duties. Though that's not likely to happen, it's certainly an option for the Chiefs should one of the rookie return men fall to an injury.
Looking ahead to the regular season, I think it would be prudent for the Chiefs to put both Arenas and McCluster on the field at the same time to receive kickoffs. It would force opposing teams to either kick the ball straight or force them to pick their poison.
Whatever the Chiefs do, other NFL teams are going to take notice. They're going to have to adjust their kicking philosophy when either return man is on the field.
And that's something that could improve the Chiefs chances to win more games this season. Because Arenas and McCluster bring that X-Factor to the Chiefs and it won't take but a small gap to set both men free.
Chiefs Kicker Ryan Succop appears to have overcome his mid-camp blues.
Other Special Teams Notes:
1. Wide Receiver Jeremy Horne - He didn't play much on offense Friday night, but he played lots of special teams as a gunner on punts. In fact, he made a nifty tackle on one return. Though he's been stellar on offense, if he's going to make this football team, he has to be able to play outstanding special teams.
2. Kicker Ryan Succop - He struggled somewhat on his kick-offs in the first half but made up for that in the second stanza with a strong boot deep into the end zone. What was most impressive about his evening was his fourth quarter 43-yard field goal that extended the Chiefs lead. It's a good sign when your kicker can nail a late fourth quarter field goal after not having had another attempt all game long.
3. LB Andy Studebaker - After his two sack performance on defense and his likely promotion to the starting defensive unit, it's doubtful that the Chiefs will continue to use him on special teams. It might be too much to ask him to play both defense and contribute on kickoffs.