The Packers have a Special Teams Player of the Week! You read that right. The NFL is honoring someone who wears a Packers uniform for their special teams play. All jokes aside, it feels great to have an asset on the field instead of praying players don’t mess up. Packers punter Pat O’Donnell was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Pat O’Donnell Named NFC Special Teams Player Of The Week
Packers punter Pat O’Donnell is the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
I repeat. The Packers have the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
This is not a drill.
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) September 28, 2022
If you watched Sunday’s game, it wasn’t hard to figure out who from the Packers got the honor as the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Packers punter Pat O’Donnell had an amazing game on Sunday, helping the Packers win a tough game. After the Packers jumped out to an early lead, Tampa Bay’s defense locked things down and didn’t allow a point the rest of the game. The Packers’ defense also stepped up in a big way, but O’Donnell continually put them in great positions. He had five punts inside the 20-yard line. The Bucs spent basically the whole game deep in their own territory. Pat O’Donnell is definitely deserving of NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
The Importance Of Special Teams
Special teams are important. We focus so much on the offense and defense because they spend so much time on the field. Even though the special teams do not spend a lot of time on the field, they can hugely impact the game. A timely punt return for a big gain, a long field goal, or a well-placed punt from Pat O’Donnell can help swing the game one way. If the Bucs do not start most of their drives inside the 20, do the Packers still win? It’s hard to say, but I’d like to think so. The Packers having good special teams is such a breath of fresh air. There is no dread of waiting for something terrible to happen when fourth down comes.
Even if Pat O’Donnell was not named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, Packers fans should still feel good about his performance. The accolade shows that the league recognizes how good the performance was. Hopefully, this trend continues and can rub off on other parts of the special teams.