Ravens kicker Justin Tucker and Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri each hit five field goals in their Week 13 games, providing their sometimes sputtering offenses with points they needed to win games that loomed large in the AFC playoff race.
Their exploits weren’t enough to earn them recognition as the conference’s special teams player of the week, however. The honor went to Bengals punter Kevin Huber instead.
Huber averaged 55.5 yards on his four punts in last Sunday’s 17-10 victory over the Chargers. Huber dropped two of those punts inside the 20 to help the Bengals win the field position battle while holding onto a slim lead. One of Huber’s punts traveled 75 yards, tying a franchise record and giving Huber the second-longest punt in the league this season.
Huber’s the first Bengals punter to be named special teams player of the week. Tucker, Vinatieri, Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski and Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee were also nominees for this week’s award.