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Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson wins AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

That makes two honorees in two weeks for the Raiders

NFL: Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers
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Another week, another victory, another honor for the Las Vegas Raiders.

The NFL announced its Week 2 Players of the Week and Raiders’ kicker Daniel Carlson was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in Las Vegas’ 26-17 victory at the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Last week, Las Vegas defensive end Maxx Crosby was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week award after he had two sacks and 13 pressures of Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson in a 33-27 Las Vegas overtime win.

Carlson converted all four of his field goal attempts against the Steelers and played a large role in the victory. Carlson has made all six of his field goal attempts in 2021. Remember when Carlson was expected to be on the chopping block after a rocky 2019 season? That seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it?

The Raiders could have easily had two players of the week in Week 2. Quarterback Derek Carr was amazing against the Steelers as he threw for 382 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Steelers. Yet, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry got the AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after he had 182 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns in a 33-30 overtime win at the Seattle Seahawks. Those numbers are hard to argue with.

While a Carr honor would have been nice, Raider Nation can’t complain too much about back-to-back Player of the Week nods.