Arizona Cardinals CB Justin Bethel Wins Special Teams Award


Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel was at it again as he came up with a big play at the end of the first half against the Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys placekicker Dan Bailey is usually money, especially from 35-yards and in.  On Sunday as he was preparing to bring the Cowboys within one at halftime out of nowhere came Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel, an excellent special teams contributor.

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Bethel blocked his field goal attempt to help the Cardinals maintain a 14-10 halftime lead.  It was his third block of his career.  It was the 18th block for the Cardinals since 2008, tops in the NFL.  His block helped the 3rd year pro win this weeks NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Bethel’s award win was the second Cardinals player to win that award this season.  Receiver/punt returner Ted Ginn won the award in week two after returning a punt for a touchdown against the New York Giants.

Bethel’s play on special teams has been part of the reason he continues to have a spot on the roster, although his defense has greatly improved as a backup since entering the league in 2012.

It is the third weekly award overall for the Cardinals this season.  Just last week Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald won the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

The one guy who won’t be receiving an award on the blocked field goal will be cornerback Patrick Peterson.  he scooped up the ball and got caught by Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.  I thought for sure Peterson was making the end zone when he picked it up.  He’ll be teased a lot I’m sure.