Miami Dolphins: Kicker Dan Carpenter Earns Second Special Teams Award of 2010

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Miami Dolphins: Kicker Dan Carpenter Earns Second Special Teams Award of 2010
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Dan Carpenter converted all five of his field-goal attempts in the Dolphins' win over the Bengals.

Miami Dolphins placekicker Dan Carpenter has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week off his five field goal effort against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8.

In addition, Carpenter set a new career long in the game with a 54-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Carpenter, who also converted his five field-goal attempts against the Pittsburgh Steelers the previous week, becomes just the fourth kicker in NFL history to go 5-for-5 in back-to-back games.

The award is Carpenter's second of the season, having also earned the award in Week 6, after kicking three field goals, including a then career long 53-yarder and the 44-yard game winner in overtime, against the Green Bay Packers.

Signed to a four-year contract in the offseason, Carpenter has now won the AFC Special Teams award four times in less than three full seasons in the NFL.

The former undrafted free agent from Montana has converted 18 of 20 field-goal attempts this season for a 90-percent mark, with his last miss coming on a blocked field goal against the New England Patriots in Week 4.


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Chris J. Nelson majored in journalism at Georgia State University and is currently a programming coordinator for Turner Sports in Atlanta. He operates his own Miami Dolphins website, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and he can be followed on Twitter here.

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