After a few games where consistently bad field position was a real issue for the Seahawks, Ryan's punting playing a key role against the Jets.
For the first time this season a Seahawk has been honored as NFC Player of the Week, with punter Jon Ryan winning the special teams award for his performance against the New York Jets.
Ryan had five punts for a 40.6 yards average. More telling, he also had a 40.6-yard net average as none of his punts were returned, with four down inside the 20.
Notably, Ryan had a 56-yard punt following Seattle’s first possession of the third quarter which pinned the Jets at their own 8. New York was quickly forced to punt and Seattle took over at its 45 and drove for a field goal that put the Seahawks ahead 17-10.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on Monday cited the kicking game as a key to the 27-17 win over the Jets.
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“Special teams followed through, we had great kicks by Jon and the punting game was really exceptional for field position,” he said. “(Steven) Hauschka hit his field goals and did a great job again, kicked them deep in kickoffs and all that stuff fit together.”
After a few games where consistently bad field position was a real issue for the Seahawks it was better against the Jets — Seattle had an average drive start of its own 33 while New York had an average drive start of its own 20 — with Ryan’s punting playing a key role.
It’s the second time Ryan has won the award: