The NFL has named kicker Matt Prater the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after the sixth-year kicker connected on all three field goal attempts and all four extra point tries in Denver’s 37-6 win vs. Oakland.
In addition, Prater produced touchbacks on all eight kickoffs to represent the second-most in the NFL in a single game since at least 1994, and he is the only player during that span with a perfect touchback percentage on eight kickoffs or more.
The franchise’s all-time most accurate kicker, Prater increased his career percentage from 50+ yards to 77.8 percent (14-of-18) with his 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. He converted a pair of fourth-quarter attempts to improve his career percentage in the fourth quarter to 96.4 percent (27-of-28), extending his own NFL record in that category.
The weekly award is the fourth in Prater’s career, as he also earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors in 2008 (Week 5), 2009 (Week 12) and 2011 (Week 14). It marks the 22nd time in Broncos history that a player has earned the weekly special teams award.