Saints’ Wil Lutz named NFL’s Special Team Player of the Week
Although not a perfect night from Saints’ Wil Lutz, he performed well enough to be the NFL’s Special Teams Player of the Week.
It’s difficult to find dominant kickers in the NFL. But, the Saints struck gold with Wil Lutz. He won them the game on Monday night. After missing from 56 yards early to end the first half, Lutz nailed a career-long 58 yards to end regulation.
It was an insane ending to the game. With 50 seconds left, the Saints gave the dynamic Deshaun Watson the ball. He, in two plays, drove almost the length of the field and scored a touchdown to tie the game at 27.
After initially missing the extra point, the Texans were given another chance after a Saints’ defender charged into the kicker. He made the second attempt, putting the Texans up 28-27. Then, with one timeout and just over 35 seconds left, Brees did the improbable.
He went six plays, 37 yards, and got Lutz in position for a game-winning, career-long field goal attempt. He knocked it through the upright and later said it was a “top one moment for me.”
That, along with a 47-yard field goal and a 37-yard field goal earned him the title of Special Teams Player of the Week.
Lutz ended the game 3-for-3 on extra-point attempts and 3-for-4 on field-goal attempts. Although his career percentage is over 80%, Lutz drilling a career-long along with two other field goals is highly impressive.
The last player to earn the award for New Orleans was Taysom Hill. His block punt in the third quarter and forcing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a penalty on a special teams play later in the game earned him the honor in last season’s Week 14.
As for Lutz, this isn’t the first time he’s been awarded for his efforts. He was named Special Teams Player of the Month for September in 2018. Maybe, he’ll get the same award for the same month two years in a row.
He’s certainly off to a good start for it.