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Tuesday open thread: Who deserves the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award?

Could the Lions win it for three straight weeks?

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Please indulge me for today’s Question of the Day, because I no longer want to talk about officiating, and it’s too early to turn my focus completely to the Minnesota Vikings.

Instead, I want to talk about an interesting week in special teams. Tuesday morning, the NFL will announce the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, and it won’t exactly be an easy decision.

The Detroit Lions walked away with the award both in Week 1 and Week 2. Against the Cardinals, Matt Prater was perfect and even assumed punting duties when Kasey Redfern suffered a brutal injury. Last week, Jamal Agnew took home the honors after his 88-yard punt return touchdown sealed the game for Detroit against the Giants.

Detroit could very well win the award again this week. Prater had another outstanding game, converting on all four field goal attempts, including two from 55 yards or longer. Prater now has the most 55+ yard field goal makes in a single season, and we’re only three weeks into the year.

However, Prater has stiff competition this week, because something special happened in Philadelphia this week. Eagles kicker Jake Elliott was poached from the Bengals practice squad just two weeks ago. Sunday was just his second career NFL game. Elliott did miss a 52-yard kick on the day, but he redeemed himself and more by kicking a WHOPPING 61-YARD FIELD GOAL as time expired to give the Eagles the 27-24 win over their NFC East rivals.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

Who do you think should win the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award?

My answer: You have to give it to Elliott this week. Not because Prater has already won the award many times. Not because the Lions have already won the award twice this season. But because in his second career game, Elliott nailed the longest field goal ever by a rookie, the longest field goal in Eagles franchise history and all to win the game as time expired.

Even his parents were in attendance to witness the amazing moment.




Who should win the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award?

This poll is closed

  • 65%
    Matt Prater
    (139 votes)
  • 32%
    Jake Elliott
    (70 votes)
  • 1%
    (4 votes)
213 votes total Vote Now