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Blair Walsh is the NFC special teams player of the week

Blair Walsh, Cullen Loeffler AP

Greg Zuerlein of the Rams has gotten most of the attention paid to rookie kickers this season, but he’s not the only one having a positive impact for their team.

Vikings kicker Blair Walsh has also had an excellent first NFL season and it got a bit better Wednesday when he was named the NFC special teams player of the week. Walsh made all five field goals he attempted while Zuerlein watched from the sideline in a 36-22 victory that moved the Vikings to 8-6 on the season.

Three of Walsh’s kicks were from 50 yards or beyond, which makes him 8-for-8 on the season in field goals of that distance. That ties the NFL record for the most in one season previously shared by Morten Andersen and Jason Hanson. Given Walsh’s excellent conversion rate and the Vikings’ willingness to let him rip from deep, there’s a high likelihood that he’ll have a chance to take sole possession of the record in the next two weeks.

It’s the second time Walsh has been named the conference’s special teamer of the week this season. He joins Adrian Peterson and Randy Moss as the only Vikings rookies to pick up weekly honors twice in a season.

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9 Responses to “Blair Walsh is the NFC special teams player of the week”
  1. liiiithium says: Dec 19, 2012 11:45 AM

    Randy Moss is one old looking ‘rookie’…

  2. cruciankenny says: Dec 19, 2012 11:48 AM

    He deserved it, the way the rules are now, but I think there should be a separate category for Punters and Kickers.
    That would leave more room to give some honors to Returners, Punt Blockers and even Gunners.
    I’d like to see some Gunners honored.

  3. itsnotforme says: Dec 19, 2012 11:54 AM

    Wow, what a year for rookie kickers. I can’t ever remember so many rookie kickers having so much impact on the league in one year. Congrats to all of them.

  4. twinsapologist says: Dec 19, 2012 12:18 PM

    @itsnotforme

    But they’re kickers. Kickers and punters don’t matter. Or, so some people would have you think.

  5. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Dec 19, 2012 12:20 PM

    He was saying when Randy was a rookie, not that Randy IS a rookie…..wow

  6. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Dec 19, 2012 12:37 PM

    If there’s a better kicker in the NFL, I’d like to know who it is.

  7. wludford says: Dec 19, 2012 12:38 PM

    Walsh deserves the award, and a ticket to the pro-bowl as well.

  8. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 19, 2012 1:18 PM

    Good thing they can reliably get 3 when Ponder stalls in the red zone.

  9. brewdogg says: Dec 19, 2012 3:16 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 19, 2012 1:18 PM

    Good thing they can reliably get 3 when Ponder stalls in the red zone.
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    Haven’t you been paying attention? If the Vikes stall anywhere inside the 40, Walsh is money. the dude has a bionic leg or something…..

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