Matt Prater Earns AFC Special Teams Player of the Week


Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Denver Broncos kicker, Matt Prater has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance last Sunday versus the Oakland Raiders. Prater was 3 for 3 on field goal attempts with a long of 53 yards. The assumption can be made that Prater did not win the award for his attempted pass to offensive lineman, Zane Beadles on a botched fake field goal attempt in the second quarter. Luckily for Prater and John Fox, that play is now just something to laugh at after the 37-6 rout.

The honor is well deserved for Prater who is often overlooked when the so called experts are talking about the best kickers in the NFL. For 3+ seasons, now, Prater has been one of the best kickers in the league, and there’s no better clutch kicker in the game. In the past two seasons, Prater has missed one field goal in the fourth quarter and overtime. A perfect example of how clutch Prater is occurred in last season’s overtime win over the Chicago Bears.

A lot of credit for that improbable win goes to Tim Tebow, but the real hero of that game was Prater. Maybe people overlooked it at the time or have forgotten, but he hit 59 yard field goal to tie the game with no time left. That’s 59 yards under pressure and it would have been good from 70. Prater then won the game in overtime with a 54 yarder. He also won the game versus the Miami Dolphins in overtime with another 50 yard field goal. If there’s a better kicker in the NFL when the pressure is on, someone is going to have to point him out to me.

The Denver Broncos know how good Prater is and they rewarded him with a long-term contract over the summer. Now some other people are starting to notice that anything within 60 yards is a chip shot for Prater. I’m kidding, sort of!

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