Miami Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for games of October 17-18, it was announced today by the National Football League.

In the Dolphins’ 23-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers last Sunday at Lambeau Field, Carpenter accounted for 11 points as he converted on all three of his field goal attempts and two point after attempts.   Highlighting the third year pros efforts, was a 44-yarder with 9:01 left in overtime to give the Dolphins their third straight road victory of 2010. Carpenter also established a career long as he hit a 53-yarder with: 20 left in the second quarter. It was Carpenter’s fourth game winning kick of his career and first since December 6, 2009 when his 41-yard field goal with 1:02 left in the game lifted the Dolphins past the New England Patriots.

On the season, Carpenter has converted 8 of his 10 field goal attempts, of his 8 field goals, six have come from 40 yards or longer including two from over 50 yards.

It is the first time that a Dolphin has won the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week accolades during the 2010 season.   The award marks the third time that Carpenter has been honored as AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Previously, Carpenter has been honored for his Week 13 performance against the Patriots in 2009, and his Week 14 efforts against the Buffalo Bills in Toronto during the 2008 season.

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