Sebastian Janikowski named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month

Doug Pensinger

For the fourth time in his career, Raiders big legged kicker, Sebastian Janikowski, has won the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month.

Janikowski has now won three of the AFC's last six Special Teams Player of the Month honors. He also garnered the award in September and November last season. The previous time he earned the award came in September 2001.

For the month of October, Janikowski hit 10 of his 11 attempts. His only miss came from 64 yards which would have been a new NFL record. That kick was on line was fell short due in large part to his strained left groin. Yes, that's right, Janikowski won this award while battling a strained groin muscle. His efforts helped the Raiders to a 2-1 mark in October including going 4 of 4 on field goals in a win last week and the game-winning field goal in overtime against the Jaguars the prior week.

Other October highlights:

  • In October, Janikowski recorded touchbacks on 13 of his 19 kickoffs (68.4 percent), second in the AFC behind Baltimore's Justin Tucker (69.2 percent).
  • With 36 points in three October games, he led the AFC in scoring per contest (12.0).
  • On Oct. 14 at Atlanta, in a last-second loss to the NFL's only undefeated team, he connected on a 52-yard field goal, a season high, his 38th career FG from 50-or-more yards, and posted four touchbacks.
  • Also in the Jacksonville win Oct. 21, he converted four of five FG tries and kicked the game-tying PAT with three minutes in regulation, in addition to four touchbacks, one that split the uprights.
  • On Sunday at Kansas City, in a 26-16 triumph, he improved his outstanding career numbers at Arrowhead Stadium with four field goals, and also recorded five touchbacks on seven kickoffs.

The Pro Bowler enters Week 9 having secured three of the franchise's last four victories, including Dec. 24, 2011, at Kansas City, on walk-off field goals. He also has connected on 24 of his last 25 field goals, dating to Dec. 24, 2011, (his only miss a 64-yarder Oct. 21) and leading the NFL with 38 field goals of 50-plus yards since he began his pro career in 2000.

On attempts of less than 40 yards, has hit 43 in a row, having last missed such an attempt on Sept. 26, 2010, at Arizona (32 yards), a 24-23 loss. Over a longer stretch from less than 40 yards, since missing a 35-yarder in a 34-20 win vs. Denver, Dec. 2, 2007, has hit 49 of his last 50 from that distance.

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