NFL Midseason Almanac – Special Teams

We are breaking down the NFL at the halfway point of the season. All the statistics do not include Thursday night’s game between Baltimore and Atlanta

It’s been a big season so far for the kicking game reaching the end zone. There have been 19 punt and kickoff returns taken back for touchdowns this season. That’s an average of more than two per week over the nine weeks played so far.

Plus, Arizona RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (right) has already gone over 1,000 yards in kickoff returns, and that includes two touchdown runs.

There’s been the downside of the special teams as well, with San Diego having four punts blocked and another one deflected in nine games. They’ve also given up five return touchdowns.

Here’s the best and in some cases worst from the kicking game through the first half of the 2010 season.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Most field goals made – 22, Oakland K Sebastian Janikowski.
  • Best field goal percentage – 100 %, Jacksonville K Josh Scobee, 13 of 13.
  • Longest field goal – 59 yards, Jacksonville K Josh Scobee; Denver K Matt Prater.
  • Field goals of 50+ yards – 38 FGs total, Miami K Dan Carpenter, 3 FGs at 50+ yards.

  • Blocked FGs – 13.
  • PAT kicks missed – 4 total by 4 players, Buffalo K Rian Lindell; Denver K Matt Prater; Detroit DT Ndamukong Suh; Minnesota K Ryan Longwell.
  • Two-point conversions – 29 attempts, 12 conversions.
  • Most touchbacks on kickoffs – 25, Baltimore K Billy Cundiff.
  • Onside kicks – 29, with 5 successful by Detroit, Tennessee, Houston, San Diego and Denver.
  • Best gross average punting – 49.1 yards, Raiders P Shane Lechler.
  • Best net average punting – 42.4 yards, Lechler.
  • Longest punt – 72 yards, Cincinnati P Kevin Huber.
  • Most punts – 48, Seattle P Jon Ryan.
  • Total blocked punts – 10, San Diego has had four punts blocked.
  • Most tackles in the kicking game – 18, Detroit S John Wendling.
  • Most takeaways on special teams – 3, New Orleans, Denver, Pittsburgh, Oakland.
  • Most giveaways on special teams – 4, Arizona.
  • Best kick return average – 31.4 yards, Seattle RB Leon Washington.
  • Most kick return yardage – 1,060, Arizona RB LaRod Stephens-Howling.
  • Most kick return touchdowns – 2, Washington, Stephens-Howling and New England WR Brandon Tate.
  • Longest kickoff return – 105, Detroit WR Stefan Logan.
  • Total kickoff return TDs – 14.
  • Best punt return average – 15.9-yard average, Chicago WR Devin Hester.
  • Most punt return yardage – 287 yards, Hester.
  • Punt return touchdowns – 5, Hester 89 & 62 yards; Dallas WR Dez Bryant 93 & 62 yards; Chiefs WR Dexter McCluster, 94 yards.
  • Longest punt return – 94 yards, McCluster.
  • Record of teams with a special teams TD return – 13-6.
  • Best kickoff return team – 28.6 yards, New York Jets.
  • Best punt return team – 15.9 yards, Chicago.
  • Best kickoff coverage team – 16.7 yards, Cleveland.
  • Best punt coverage team – 3.5 yards, Minnesota.

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