We've talked a lot here about how Colts punter Pat McAfee has been having an absolutely terrific season, and he was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month in September for his performance. This morning McAfee was given another honor, being named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in week six against the Houston Texans.
McAfee recovered his own onside kick to extend his league lead to three successful onside kicks converted (the rest of the league combined has one), had six other kickoffs go for touchbacks to extend his league lead with 33 touchbacks on kickoffs, and had three of his four punts land inside the 20 yard line.
McAfee has been great all year long, and aside for his league lead in onside kicks and touchbacks, he also leads the NFL in net punting average (44.8). This is the first time in his career that McAfee has been named the player of the week, and it likely won't be the last time this season that McAfee earns an honor for the first time. He has been snubbed on the Pro Bowl ballot in each of the last two years, but this year it'll be hard to pass him up, and he also has a great shot at being named to an All-Pro team as well if he keeps this up.
McAfee's Player of the Week designation joins quarterback Andrew Luck, who was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week in week three following a win over the Jaguars. Additionally, as mentioned earlier, McAfee was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September.
Congrats to Pat McAfee on the incredibly well-deserved honor!