He had a heck of a day in Buffalo's 26-16 victory over Denver. Stephen Hauschka accounted for more than half of the Bills scoring counting his point after kicks. But it was his four field goals, including a pair from 50-yards plus that earned him the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week nod from the NFL in Week 3.
"It felt great," said Hauschka of his swing last Sunday. "The ball was flying well. It was above 80 degrees. It's like this a lot in Buffalo right? The ball was flying well and feeling good mentally, physically and it was just nice for things to come together."
Hauschka, who had 53 and 55-yard field goals in the win, also had seven of the team's last 13 points as the Bills outscored the Broncos 13-3 in the second half to close out the game.
"To have the leg that Stephen has and the experience that he has in big moments and big games, that was part of the draw in our evaluation of him in the free agency period," head coach Sean McDermott told Buffalobills.com. "We trust him and the plaeyrs trust him. He's such a confident guy that we felt good going to him."
For Hauschka it's the second Special Teams Player of the Week award in his career. He first won it in Week 4 of the 2013 season.
The last Bills players to win AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors was ironically, the man Hauschka replaced. Dan Carpenter won it last season in Week 11.