New York Giants: K Graham Gano wins NFC Week 9 Special Teams Player of the Week

Anthony Rivardo
New York Giants, Graham Gano
Oct 11, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; New York Giants kicker Graham Gano (5) is congratulated by holder Riley Dixon (9) after kicking a field goal in the first half against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants are coming off of a clutch victory against the Washington Football Team. This victory improved New York’s record to 2-7, keeping them in the hunt to win the division.

One of the deciding factors in this game: special teams. The Giants’ special teams unit was excellent on Sunday, as it truly has been all season. New head coach Joe Judge is a former special teams coordinator, so many expected to see the Giants’ already solid special teams unit get even better. So far, it certainly has, and one of the main reasons why is the Giants’ new kicker, Graham Gano.

Graham Gano was signed by the Giants after former starting kicker Aldrick Rosas was released due to legal issues. This has turned out to be an excellent signing as Gano has been one of the Giants’ best players this season. In the team’s Week 9 victory, Graham Gano was stellar and earned himself the honor of being the NFC’s Week 9 Special Teams Player of the Week.

Graham Gano Stats and Highlights

In the New York Giants’ Week 9 victory over Washington, Graham Gano was perfect, hitting all three of his field-goal attempts while also going a perfect two for two on point-after tries, scoring a total of 11 points for the Giants. Gano was perfect on Sunday as he has been for much of the Giants’ 2020 season.

Through nine weeks, Graham Gano has kicked 20 field goals, connecting on 19 of them for an impeccable 95% field goal percentage. He has also gone made perfect 100% of his PAT’s (13/13). This top-tier season is extra impressive when considering the fact that Gano missed the entirety of the 2019 NFL season with an injury.

In his comeback 2020 campaign, Gano has looked like the same player he was before his injury. Graham truly has not missed a step. Some might have considered Gano a risky signing since he was coming off of a pretty significant injury. But it has been an indisputably excellent signing by Dave Gettleman, Joe Judge, and Thomas McGaughey.