Michael Dickson punted four times in Sunday's win over the New England Patriots, and four times the Patriots started the ensuing drive inside their own 20, including two punts downed inside the 10-yard line. And for that impressive effort, Dickson was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
It's the second time earning Player of the Week honors for Dickson, who first won the award in Week 8 of his rookie season. Dickson also was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November during his rookie year, in which he earned first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors.
Dickson averaged 50 yards per punt on Sunday with no return yardage, including a 63-yarder, and had one punt stop dead at the 2-yard line, and another that was fair caught at the 9-yard line. It was the second strong performance in as many games for Dickson, who has had six of his eight punts downed inside the 20 and is averaging 48.9 yards per punt with a 47.9 net average.
Dickson's big game was just part of a strong overall special teams performance that saw the Seahawks stop three kick returns inside the 25-yard line, and get big returns by both Travis Homer, who had a 44-yard kick return, and David Moore, whose 20-yard punt return in the fourth quarter gave the Seahawks good field position on the possession that ended with the Chris Carson touchdown catch that was Seattle's final score of the game. For the second straight week, Jayson Myers made all of his kicks, and he hit kickoffs that either went for touchbacks or that put his coverage team in good position to make stops.
"I thought special teams was spectacular tonight," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after the game. "Nick Bellore had two big tackles, Cody Barton had the hit of the night, a fantastic hit. Our coverage was great. Mike punted the ball great, hung them deep a bunch times, just controlled the field really well. Again, (Jason) Myers did his thing, hit everything. So, really happy with the kicking game, and really happy with the energy and the juice they provided the stadium and for our guys."
Dickson is the second Seahawks player to earn Player of the Week honors in as many weeks, joining Russell Wilson, was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his Week 1 performance in Atlanta. Wilson had five more touchdowns passes in Week 2, bringing his league-leading total to 9, but this week's offensive winner in the NFC was Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, who the Seahawks will face at CenturyLink Field on Sunday.
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