Buffalo Bills kicker Tyler Bass has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month. It's the second time in his career that Bass has earned the award; he previously won it for the month of October 2021.
In the month of November this season, Bass has been an important part of two Bills' victories, both of which occurred at Ford Field in Detroit. On Nov. 20 against the Browns, Bass was a perfect 6-for-6 on field goal attempts and his 19 total points (6 FG, 1 XP) were a single-game career high. 3 of the 6 field goals were made from beyond 40 yards (42, 49, 56).
The Bills beat the Browns 31-23 in a game that had to be moved from Buffalo to Detroit due to lake-effect snow in the Buffalo area.
Four days later on Thanksgiving, Bass came up clutch again this time going 2 for 2 on FGs, including the 45-yard game-winner to beat the Detroit Lions 28-25 with :02 left in regulation.
Bass missed an extra point earlier in the game, but bounced back to help lift the Bills to their second consecutive win and their third straight Thanksgiving Day win (2019, 2021, 2022).
"You know, try to divorce myself from what's going on and focus on my process. But when I see them have the ball, man, I expect them to get into range. And sure enough, we did and we were able to go out and execute," Bass said of his game-winner.
Bass' teammates credited him after the game for being able to put the missed PAT behind him and focus on the next kick.
"Dude's tough as nails, that's tough to do for an NFL kicker. You just missed one, then stepping up to the plate to win a game," QB Josh Allen said.
In the month of November, Bass made 12 of 13 field goal attempts. So far this season, Bass is tied for second-most FGs among all NFL kickers (23-for-26).
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