Cat Man wins NFC special teams POW

Posted by Darren Urban on December 16, 2015 – 8:11 am

With a late game-winning 47-yard field goal against the Vikings — and three field goals overall — kicker Chandler Catanzaro was named NFC special teams player of the week. It was the third time Cat Man earned such an honor. He got it twice as a rookie last season. He has made 25 of 27 field goals this season, and has hit late game-winners twice in the past month (he booted the game-winner against the Bengals.) Catanzaro already has 119 points this season.

Those 119 points are tied for third-best in a season in team history. Neil Rackers had 119 during the Cardinals’ 2008 Super Bowl season. Jay Feely had 127 points in 2013, while Rackers — who at the time had set an NFL record for field goals in a season with 40 — had 140 points in 2005.


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11 Responses to “Cat Man wins NFC special teams POW”

  1. By Pat on Dec 16, 2015 | Reply

    Way to go Cat-Man!!! Keep it up!

  2. By faster on Dec 16, 2015 | Reply

    that could be his record season with 141 points, if he makes 5 fieldgoals and 5 extra points in the next three games. and thats not impossible, i expect the eagles game a high scoring game.

  3. By Dr H on Dec 16, 2015 | Reply

    Keep kicking Cat-man!!! It’s amazing how EVERYONE on this team contributes!

    Go Cards…..

  4. By Steve on Dec 16, 2015 | Reply

    Aahh Neil Rackers, a good kicker who couldn’t make clutch FG’s I remember. Catman is off to a good start in his young career.

  5. By John The Draft Guy on Dec 16, 2015 | Reply

    I would rather have him kicking the extra point kicks. No more redzone field goals.

  6. By Scott H on Dec 16, 2015 | Reply

    JTDG –

    RE: No more red-zone FG’s

    Amen that that, my brother. That was a problem against Minnesota. First drive, we moved down the field pretty well and a TD would have set a good tone for the night. We settled for a FG and the tone ( for me ) became one of some concern.

    But when DJ’s over-turned TD run set us up with a 1st and goal at the 2, we should have been able to put that game away with a TD. But no. Another FG and it left the door open for the Vikings. Too many failed red-zone opportunities in that game and it very nearly cost us the game.

    I want to see more scores of the 7-point variety. Seems like playing the better teams brings out the best in our offense. Playing lesser teams, seems like we get stuck in 2nd gear. I’d like to see another game like the Rams game, where we play OUR game regardless of who is on the other sidelines. Coming all the way to the east coast to play a game in colder weather is always a tough spot for west coast teams. But the Cardinals are a markedly better team than the Eagles, and I see no reason why this game ( and the final score ) shouldn’t reflect that disparity.

    I’d like to see a 4-TD, 2-FG game from the Cardinals on Sunday night. I want to see the TD’s out-number the FG’s.

  7. By Darren Urban on Dec 17, 2015 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: Red zone scores

  8. By black on Dec 16, 2015 | Reply

    What we need is some real paying gigs. Not this playing on one patio then another.

  9. By Eric G on Dec 17, 2015 | Reply

    I’m glad for Cat-man, but his inability to hit 50 yarders is still a huge concern. He’s only attempted 4 in two years (made 2) because Arians doesn’t trust his leg to be strong enough.

    I like the kid, he’s accurate, but unless he can start booting 50+ FGs with consistency, he’s going to be a liability at some point.

  10. By Dr. G. on Dec 17, 2015 | Reply

    These records are meaningful…in that it usually shows the defensive effort of the opposition and/or poor execution of offense. jtdg — You do well to ignore legitimate critique of your points, but you and I?…on the same page here.

    Rackers’ 2005 scoring record was one of Dennis Green’s sterling 5-11 seasons. Seems I recall everyone on the planet laughing at our red zone efforts… Gone are those days Cards Fans…later

  11. By Dr. G. on Dec 18, 2015 | Reply

    EricG – – Well, I hear ya on 50+ yard field goals, but 2 for 2 is not real bad. The coach is the one who decides whether to put your opponent on the 40 yd line or near mid field with great field position if there is a miss.

    This is almost a judgmental science with lots of things to consider for the HC to stress about. Arians will trust his kicker more than most coaches. His latest beef is touch backs.

    Hopefully, we can get to the end zone most of the time to minimize this issue. This team has been much, much better than what we have seen in the past. Records abound…

    You look at stats…and Cantanzaro is good. There is never a good time to miss…

    This team? They are who we think they are…!! ((The Green Ghost))

    Looking to a balmy 30 degree game in Philly. The media loves our team now, moving to prime time, but it would be better to play in the sun; ya think..?

    Cards Fans. This is a special season. We end week 17 by pounding Petey’s team…later

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