You can’t hardly swing a dead cat around Arrowhead these days without hitting someone that has won an AFC Player of the Week Award! The NFL announced Wednesday that Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop was given the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award for his performance in the Chiefs 23-17 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Succop joins linebackers Justin Houston (Weeks 1 and 3) and Tamba Hali (Week 6) – who won the Defensive Player of the Week award – and receiver and kick returner Dexter McCluster, the Week 4 winner of the Special Teams award on the list of KC Chiefs being honored this year in the first half of the season.
A Chiefs player has now been honored five times, which is one more than the Denver Broncos (Peyton Manning, Offense – Weeks 1 &3; kick returner Trindon Holliday – Special Teams Week 2; and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – Defense, Week 8) have won. Further proof that good players having good weeks on winning teams tend to get rewarded.
Succop, the fifth-year kicker out of South Carolina, connected on three of four field goals (42, 35, and 40) and two extra points in the Chiefs win and takes home his third Special Teams Player of the Week award of his career. He surpasses Lawrence Tynes and Pete Stoyanovich for the most PoW awards for a Chiefs kicker since the honor was instituted in 1984.
Succop’s teammates, QB Alex Smith and linebacker Derrick Johnson, both received consideration for Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week respectively for their play against Cleveland as well. Smith completed 24 of 36 passes (66.7 percent) for 225 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions and a 102.2 passer rating. Johnson seemingly was all over the field Sunday and had 12 tackles and one pass defensed. Bengals WR Marvin Jones (4 TD catches, 122 yards receiving) and Rodgers-Cromartie (3 passes defensed, 1 INT return for a TD) won those awards for Week 8.
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