CINCINNATI -- For a second straight week, Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber earned punter of the week honors from ESPN's Mark Simon, the man who determines each Tuesday which NFL punter is most deserving of the honor.
It was Huber's two punts downed by his coverage team inside the 5 in the fourth quarter of the Week 2 win over Atlanta that allowed him to claim the punter of the week honors that week. This week, Huber's booming leg and the field position advantage it provided against the Titans actually gave him co-honors for Week 3.
Along with Huber, Simon named Seattle's Jon Ryan punter of the week after he dropped five of his six punts inside the Broncos' 20 in the Seahawks' overtime win Sunday. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after the game that Ryan ought to be considered the MVP of the win.
As for Huber, his punts led Tennessee to start drives, on average, at its own 11-yard line. That was the second-deepest average starting field position following punts for a team last week.
Huber was strong pinning opponents deep the week before, too. Simon noted that on four of his last six punts -- none of which were touchbacks -- Huber has dropped balls right inside the 5. At one point, across the two games, he had three straight punts that landed inside the 5. One at the 4, one at the 1 and another at the 2.
Huber's 49-yard net average Sunday also was the third-highest in the league, and the highest for any punter with more than three punts. He leads the league this season in highest percentage of punts stopping inside the 20. Of his 12 punts, eight, or 67 percent, have been downed inside the 20.