Stephen Gostkowski named AFC special teams player of the week

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Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski seems to be back. Not that he really went far.

Gostkowski was named AFC special teams player of the week, after his perfect day in the win over the Raiders in Mexico City. He hit all four field goals (including a 62-yarder and a 51-yarder) and all his extra points. The 62 was a franchise record, breaking his own old mark of 58.

They’re used to such days, as he hit at least 91.7 percent of his field goals during a three-year stretch from 2013-15. Last year he dipped all the way down (everything’s relative) to 84.4 percent, but he’s pushing back to the 90s now. He’s 26-of-29 this season (89.7), and we’re willing to round up since it’s Thanksgiving week.

It’s his sixth player of the week award.

8 responses to “Stephen Gostkowski named AFC special teams player of the week

  1. It’s a shame that FG wasn’t attempted from 70 (since it would easily have been good from that distance), thus giving him an NFL record that probably would never be broken.

  2. I read an article talking about how kickers are such an underappreciated role on a team, and in it they failed to mention that statistically kickers tend to score more points than any other player on the team, and that for most of the last 7 years Gostkowski has scored more points than any other player in the NFL. He is only the second player in NFL history to score 500 points in his first four seasons in the league, and the first to score 1,000 points in his first eight seasons in the league. Kicking ain’t sexy but it helps win games, and he does it better than almost everyone else.

  3. This guy, Prater, and Vinateri are the elite of the league at the position. Then maybe 3 or 4 others on the next tier that are not (or are no longer) elite but still pretty darn good. After that, the rest is filler: interchangeable guys who shuffle from team to team because of being mediocre or downright bad.

    The good news is, it seems like there are solid young kickers coming up who will push some of the not-so-good veterans into retirement.

  4. MCxShow says:
    November 22, 2017 at 10:55 am
    But he did miss that extra point against the Broncos that cost them a championship.

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    That was an important kick that he missed. No doubt about that. However Brady threw a pick in his own end to Von Miller that cost them 7 which is 7x worse.

    Games aren’t won or lost on one play.

    Also, to say it cost them a championship is not exactly true. Maybe a Super Bowl appearance but the Patriots still would have had to beat a good Panthers team and they didn’t have Denver’s defense.

  5. bassplucker says:
    November 22, 2017 at 12:19 pm
    This guy, Prater, and Vinateri are the elite of the league at the position. Then maybe 3 or 4 others on the next tier that are not (or are no longer) elite but still pretty darn good. After that, the rest is filler: interchangeable guys who shuffle from team to team because of being mediocre or downright bad.

    The good news is, it seems like there are solid young kickers coming up who will push some of the not-so-good veterans into retirement.

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    Prater? Maybe Tucker, but not Prater.

  6. AngryHumanoid says:
    November 22, 2017 at 11:13 am
    I read an article talking about how kickers are such an underappreciated role on a team, and in it they failed to mention that statistically kickers tend to score more points than any other player on the team, and that for most of the last 7 years Gostkowski has scored more points than any other player in the NFL. He is only the second player in NFL history to score 500 points in his first four seasons in the league, and the first to score 1,000 points in his first eight seasons in the league. Kicking ain’t sexy but it helps win games, and he does it better than almost everyone else.

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    Well said!

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