Daily Archives: December 22, 2010

Crazy Kicker of Week 15

In few weeks in NFL history has the surprise onside kick been as crucial as it was in Week 15. In the Meadowlands, the Eagles’ furious fourth-quarter comeback against the Giants happened in part because David Akers executed a surprise onside midway through the fourth quarter. That allowed the Eagles to go from being down 31-17 to 31-24, and Philly completed the epic comeback with a punt return for touchdown as time expired. Akers is now 8-for-18 in successful onside kicks, which is a success rate more than double the NFL norm.

But Akers loses out on this week’s Crazy Kicker award to Green Bay’s Mason Crosby, who successfully executed a surprise onside on the opening kickoff against the Patriots. Nick Collins recovered the kick, which led the Packers not only to an extra possession but to a field goal. Although Green Bay lost 31-27 with a backup quarterback, Crosby’s onside kick was a key play in the game. Plus, Crosby added an extra dash of craziness when one of his kickoffs was returned 71 yards by Dan Connolly – a Patriots offensive lineman. That’s why Mason Crosby is this week’s crazy kicker of the week.

2010 Crazy Kickers of the Week
CFL: WR Dave Stala, Tiger-Cats
Preseason Week 1: P Brett Kern, Titans
Preseason Week 2: PK Robbie Gould, Bears
Week 2: PK Rob Bironas, Titans
Week 5: Punter/holder Dustin Colquitt, Chiefs
Week 7: Punter Reggie Hodges, Browns
Week 8: Punter Steve Weatherford, Jets
Week 9: DT/PK Ndamukong Suh, Lions
Week 10: PK Phil Dawson, Browns
Week 11: Punter Mike Scifres, Chargers
Week 13: PK/Punter Shaun Suisham, Steelers
Week 14: PK Jay Feely, Cardinals
Week 15: PK Mason Crosby, Packers


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