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Colts punter Pat McAfee named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

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Colts punter Pat McAfee has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in week three against the Tennessee Titans.

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The 2015 Indianapolis Colts season hasn't gotten off to the smoothest of starts, with the team struggling for much of their first three games.  Established standouts haven't been up to their usual standards - except for Pat McAfee, who has continued to be as consistent as we expected - meaning that he's still consistently one of the best.  And for McAfee's performance in week three against the Tennessee Titans, he has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

McAfee did it all against the Titans.  He punted six times, averaging 49.8 yards per punt.  His net average yards per punt was at 50 yards per punt, marking the third-highest single-game total in his career.  His net average of 47.5 yards per punt on the season currently ranks second in the NFL.  He pinned one punt inside the 20 yard line on Sunday, and he also helped out in a variety of other ways.  He served as the holder for Adam Vinatieri like normal, who hit all five extra point tries.  He served as the kickoff man like normal as well, recording a touchback on all six of his kickoff attempts.  And, to cap it all off, McAfee also executed a fake punt run perfectly, picking up 18 yards and a first down backed up deep in their own territory - a play that McAfee himself called.

In short, this was is very well-deserved honor for the Colts' punter.  Last year, he was arguably the best special teams player in the NFL, and he has lived up to those expectations once again with a terrific start to his 2015 season.  This marks the second time in McAfee's career that he has earned Player of the Week honors, along with the team's week six game in 2014 against the Houston Texans.  McAfee was also named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month in September of 2014.