After what Packers head coach Mike McCarthy called “the finest punting performance he had ever been associated with,” Green Bay P Tim Masthay was named the NFC’s Special-Teams Player of the Week for Week Eight.
Entering the Packers’ Week Eight game against the Jets in New Meadowlands Stadium with his job widely considered to be on the line, Masthay punted eight times, placing five of his punts inside the Jets’ 20-yard line, for a gross average of 44.0 yards and a career-best 41.5-yard net average in Green Bay’s 9-0 win.
With five punts dropped inside the 20, Masthay tied a single-game franchise record (stat kept since 1976), tying David Beverly, who accomplished the feat on October 8, 1978 against Chicago.
The Jets did not register any punt-return yardage, and their best starting field position following a punt was their own 23-yard line.
In his first season from Kentucky, this is Masthay’s first career Player of the Week Award. He is the second punter in franchise history to win NFC Special-Teams Player of the Week, joining Craig Hentrich (Week 11, 1994).