Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater is the Week 10 NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Prater earned the reward after going three-for-three in field goals against the Washington Football Team. More importantly, the Lions kicker boomed a 59-yard field goal as time expired to give Detroit a 30-27 victory on Sunday.
This is Prater’s 12th Special Teams Player of the Week award in his 14-year career, and his second already this season. He won the award back in Week 3, after going four-for-four on field goals against the Arizona Cardinals. Seven of his 12 awards have come as a Lion, with the previous five coming when he was with the Denver Broncos.
Prater’s performance on Sunday not only notched him his dozenth weekly award, but it also pushed him ahead of Broncos kicker Brandon McManus in their friendly season-long competition for the longest made field goal between the two. In the offseason, the two agreed with Bud Light that whichever kicker finished the year with the longest made field goal would win free beer for their team’s city. Prater’s 59 yarder is currently longer than McManus’ season-long of 56, and McManus has never made a field goal longer than 57 in his professional career.