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Tommy Townsend Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Townsend dropped five punts inside the 20-yard line in last week’s victory

The league's best punters are weapons who can consistently pin the opposition deep in their own territory, and that's exactly what Tommy Townsend did throughout the Chiefs' victory over Green Bay on Sunday.

The NFL named Townsend the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday for his efforts, which included five punts inside the 20-yard line. In fact, Townsend is the only punter in the league this season to drop five or more punts inside the opposition's 20-yard line during a single game.

He averaged 56.8 yards-per-punt across his six kicks – the third-highest mark in a single game this season for any player – and even contributed to a takeaway, as Townsend's second boot was muffed and subsequently recovered by Kansas City.

It was simply a tremendous overall effort and a continuation of a strong season for the second-year punter, whose 14 punts inside the 20-yard line rank sixth in the NFL despite only being called upon 22 times this year. For context, the five players ahead of him in those rankings each have at least 27 punts on the season, and four of them have more than 35.

This marks the second "Player of the Week" award for Townsend, who also earned the honor in Week 15 of last season.