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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
League honors Seabass

By Bill Williamson

In an honor that should stun no one, Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski was named the AFC special-teams player of the week.

There was no denying Seabass this honor. He kicked a club-record six field goals – four of 40 yards or longer – in Oakland’s 25-20 victory over Chicago on Sunday as the 7-4 Raiders stayed a game up on the Denver Broncos in the AFC West.

Janikowski’s strong performance was an indication that he was finally recovered from a hamstring injury that had been bothering him for weeks. It was also just part of a solid overall day for the Raiders' special teams: Punter Shane Lechler neutralized star Chicago return man Devin Hester with a team-record 80-yard punt. Lechler, too, was a worthy candidate for the award, but there was no way it was not going to Janikowski.

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