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Plackemeier Named NFC Special Teams Player of Week


Redskins punter Ryan Plackemeier has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in last Sunday's 10-3 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, the NFL announced.

Plackemeier's punting was a major reason why Philadelphia's average starting point for the game was its own 17-yard line.

He punted eight times in the game, pinning five punts at or inside the Eagles' 10-yard line.

Plackemeier's accuracy was key as the Redskins protected a seven-point lead late in the game. He punted five times in the fourth quarter, which resulted in the Eagles starting their five drives at their own 9-, 3-, 10-, 20- and 9-yard lines.

Only one of his eight punts was returned, for seven yards. His punting average for the day was 40.0, although that stat is misleading because he often had a short field to work with in the game.

The Redskins signed Plackemeier midseason to take the place of Durant Brooks, who struggled early on.

Plackemeier has had his share of ups and downs, but the win over Philadelphia was certainly a high point.

"With the way the two defenses were playing, I figured I would be punting a lot in the fourth quarter ," Plackemeier said. "So I never got too high or too low. Stay medium, right in the middle. It's what I tried to focus on, and I was ready to kick once more if that game had gone into overtime."

He credited Ethan Albright's snaps as helping him in windy conditions at FedExField.

"With the winds, I didn't have to catch the ball outside of my body, so all I had to think about was punting," Plackemeier said. "I didn't have to think about a rush because the protection was great all night. I really just concentrated on punting."

It's Plackemeier's first Player of the Week award and the sixth weekly or monthly honor for the Redskins this season.

Santana Moss also won Special Teams Player of the Week following a Week 8 victory over Detroit.

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