Blackmon wins NFC special-teams honor

His second career punt return touchdown gives him his second weekly award.

Will Blackmon took a punt return to the house on Monday night against Minnesota, and now he has another award to hang in his house.

Blackmon on Wednesday was named the NFC's special-teams player of the week on the strength of his 76-yard return for a touchdown against the Vikings. He won the award last year, too, when he returned a punt for a touchdown and recovered a fumble for another score against Oakland.

"It's cool. It's definitely a big deal to have personal-wise, but it's still not bigger than the win that we had," the third-year pro out of Boston College said. "I was moreso pleased with the win."

True, but it's a bigger deal to have a big role in the victory. With the Packers nursing a 10-6 lead in the third quarter, Blackmon left a parade of Vikings lying on the Lambeau Field turf with his electric return. The touchdown made it 17-6, and the Packers held on from there in their 24-19 triumph.

"(Special teams coach Mike) Stock and (assistant special teams coach Shawn) Slocum put together a great package for us to have the opportunity every time I touch the ball," Blackmon said. "To have them put together a great plan to have 10 guys in front of me just as hungry as I am, I feel like we can bust one every single time."

Combine his talented supporting cast with his speed and vision, and Blackmon's goal is simple.

"If I catch the ball, I have a chance."

Atlanta running Michael Turner was the NFC's offensive player of the week. Aaron Rodgers was nominated. Chicago's Adewale Ogunleye was the defensive player of the week.

Bill Huber is editor of Packer Report and E-mail him at

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