By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 at 9:44 am in Oakland Raiders.
Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his three-field goal performance in a 23-20 victory over the Denver Broncos on Monday night.
Janikowski’s perfect night included an NFL record-tying 63-yard field goal at the end of the first half, three field goals without a miss and five touchbacks in as many kick-offs.
Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey said it’s time to start worrying about Janikowski kicking a field goal anytime the Raiders reach the 50-yard line.
“It’s huge to have that,” Gailey said in a conference call with the Bay Area media Wednesday morning. “The thing that has amazed me through the years is, yes, he has a powerful leg but he’s extremely accurate. Everybody wants to talk about how far he kicks it, but he gets points. Almost every time, I’m not saying he’s 100 percent, but he’s great at his trade. It’s a huge weapon for a team to be able to depend on points like that.”
Practice starts in about 15 minutes, as the Raiders work out at the time their game against the Bills starts Sunday.
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