In what comes as little surprise after taking two player of the week honors in the past three weeks, Miami Dolphins placekicker Dan Carpenter has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October.
After opening the month with a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown against the New England Patriots, Carpenter went on to covert all 13 of his attempts in the following three games.
Carpenter set a career-long field goal twice in October—first with a 53-yarder against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 17, followed by a 54-yarder on Oct. 31.
He kicked five field goals against both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Bengals, making him just the fourth player in NFL history to convert five field goals in back-to-back games.
Not only did he kick the game-winning field goal in overtime against the Packers, but he also contributed heavily to the Dolphins' scoring throughout the month.
Carpenter scored 11 of the Dolphins' 23 points in a win over the Packers; 16 of the 22 points in a controversial loss to the Steelers; and 16 of 22 points in a win over the Bengals to close out the month.
This was the second time in his career Carpenters earned the award, having also won it in 2008 after going 8-for-8 during a 4-1 Dolphins' streak in November.
Now 18-for-20 (90 percent) in field goals in 2010, Carpenter is making a strong big for a Pro Bowl selection in his third pro season.
It would be Carpenter's second Pro Bowl appearance, having replaced Chargers' kicker Nate Kaeding as an injury replacement following the 2009 season.
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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.