Special teams hit new peaks, pits NFL: The combination of talented return men and green coverage personnel has meant a red-letter year for punt and kickoff connoisseurs.

December 12, 1997|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,SUN STAFF

In the time it took Denver's Darrien Gordon to twice scamper through Carolina's punt-coverage teams one day last month, a reputation two years in the making was rendered virtually obsolete.

2 Teams giving up most special-teams touchdowns:

Team .......... TDs

Seahawks ........ 5

Bills ........... 3

Cardinals ....... 3

Panthers ........ 3

Finding the end zone

With two games remaining in the season, special teams have been involved in 22.2 percent more touchdowns than last season.

1996 ... TD plays ... 1997

13 .... Punt returns .. 13

9 .. Kickoff returns .. 13

4 .... Blocked kicks ... 6

1 .. Fumbled returns ... 1

27 ....... Total ...... 33

%

Pub Date: 12/12/97

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