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Justin Tucker nails AFC weekly special-teams honors

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On Monday night, the Ravens scored no touchdowns in Detroit.  But Justin Tucker delivered six field goals, including a 61-yard field game winner that looked like it was going to fade to the right before straightening out and falling over the upright.

Not surprisingly, the effort gave Tucker the AFC special-teams player of the week award.

For the year, Tucker has converted on 33 straight field-goal attempts.  His performance has caught the attention of former Redskins kicker Mark Moseley, the only kicker to ever win the NFL’s MVP award by making 20 of 21 straight-on field goals during the nine-game, strike-shortened season of 1982.

“In 1982 and ’83, I didn’t think I could miss,” Moseley told Clifton Brown of CSNBaltimore.com.  “That’s where [Tucker] is now.  I was really kind of surprised [Monday] night that they couldn’t get in the end zone.  But that’s where a good kicker comes in.  If you have a good defense and a good kicker, you can stay in games.  That’s why George Allen brought me to Washington.”

Tucker has become so reliable that there’s a danger the Ravens may get too cautious and conservative once they get in range for the kind of field goal that used to be considered hard to make but that with Tucker has become automatic.  As long as Tucker doesn’t cool off, it may not matter.

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17 Responses to “Justin Tucker nails AFC weekly special-teams honors”
  1. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 18, 2013 10:36 AM

    We can think of three players more deserving. This is just the league showing love to their favorite team.

  2. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 18, 2013 10:37 AM

    He must be the best kicker ever. The ravens barely beat the Lions by 2 points but are all of a sudden the hottest team in the AFC and projected to win their division according to Florio. Bleh.

  3. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 18, 2013 10:49 AM

    Flacco should carry Tucker’s pads at practice.

  4. southpaw2k says: Dec 18, 2013 10:51 AM

    Tucker was a fan favorite in Baltimore even prior to Monday night, but now there are a lot of fans who think he might be better than Matt Stover. I’m slowly joining that group.

    ***********SWITCH TO DISQUS************

  5. trollhammer20 says: Dec 18, 2013 10:55 AM

    That 61 yarder to win the game is probably the burliest game-winning kick you’ll ever see in your life. Only thing close, really, was Dempsey’s 63 yarder to beat the Lions in the 1970s, but that was a late-season game between two struggling teams, not a battle for playoff position.

  6. mayers59 says: Dec 18, 2013 11:02 AM

    Yes, Tucker deserved it. 61 yard field goal to win the game, 6 FG’s in the game without a miss. Is that the best he can do? lol

  7. f1restarter says: Dec 18, 2013 11:19 AM

    Amazing how someone that skinny can kick a football that far. Tucker is the anti-Janikowski.

  8. ravenswhat says: Dec 18, 2013 11:22 AM

    Ravens now have a legit top 5 D a QB that can make big throws when it counts and a kicker that is a threat from the 40. Think any team wants to see the Ravens in January? I know Peyton doesn’t.

  9. deweyaxewound says: Dec 18, 2013 11:26 AM

    *LEGATRON*

  10. ravensdominate says: Dec 18, 2013 11:36 AM

    Steelersaregodsteam and crownofthehelmet,

    It must be tough for you guys to watch the ravens have so much success while your favorite team crumbles before your very eyes. The steelers decline is so pathetic. Mike Tomlin’s attempt to cheat was just the latest chapter in this sad era for your franchise. Now painfully watch as the Rsvens make the post season for the 6th straight season. Maybe you guys, Big Ben, Troy Hair, and even Mikey can grab a seat on the couch together.

    World Champs

    Out

  11. getyourownname says: Dec 18, 2013 11:38 AM

    It would be nice if Ravens coaches recognized they have been given a second chance to overcome terrible play calling and learn from this. Even Aaron Rodgers is asking what they were doing in plays leadng up to the kick.

    But Raven fans know this is a very conservative staff with a system that puts pressure on players to perform at maximum of their ability, instead of making it easier for them. Fortunately the players have been able to answer, so far.

    And the staff doesn’t run onto the field on kickoffs.

  12. guitarkevin says: Dec 18, 2013 11:40 AM

    LOL @ steelersaregodsteam

  13. therealjr says: Dec 18, 2013 12:52 PM

    A kicker is the most valuable player in the league. Nice job, NFL ’82.

  14. bmoreravens1012013 says: Dec 18, 2013 2:40 PM

    The best kicker in the league. period. We love him in bmore!

  15. scoobies05 says: Dec 18, 2013 3:48 PM

    dude is awesome. glad he is on our team

  16. jmblosser82 says: Dec 18, 2013 8:35 PM

    Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. 2 difficult games for the ravens are left. They are slotted as the 6th seed but slot can happen.

    To get back on topic, Tucker=Raven MVP

  17. jimmyjames65 says: Dec 18, 2013 10:24 PM

    Now I know why I was pissed after Harbaugh let Tucker, the only guy putting points on the board, try to recover an on-side kick against the dirty helmet hitting Stealers.

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