Seven and counting. No that’s not how many field goals Sebastian Janikowski made during Sunday’s shutout of the Chiefs though he very well could have. This past weekend Sebass nailed 5 kicks scoring every point in a touchdown-less contest which was good enough to earn him his seventh AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Award as announced by the Raiders this morning.
As stated some months ago, it’s about time the NFL just makes any AFC Special Teams Award the official Sebastian Janikowski award. If the Raiders ever became a legit contender in this league then you can bet Janikowski would be discussed as one of the great weapons in the game. Not that he isn’t already in that convo but this past Sunday illustrated why.
Despite Oakland’s all-out dominance of the Chiefs Greg Knapp’s offense had more trouble finding the end zone than Harold and Kumar had finding a White Castle. Were it not for Jano’s heroics this week could have easily been the most disappointing in Raiders history having played to a 0-0 tie with the lowly Chiefs.
Included in Janikowski’s kicking clinic was a season-best 57-yarder good for the 42nd time in his career he’s hit one between the sticks from 50+ yards out. Only Jason Hanson has made more kicks from that distance in NFL history. Don’t look now but all those jokes of Al Davis drafting a kicker in the first round won’t be too funny when Janikowski becomes the next Raider ushered into Canton.