New England Patriots

Matthew Slater of the New England Patriots reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

Matthew Slater of the New England Patriots reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

A Patriot has nabbed AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the second straight week, as Matthew Slater took home the honors for Week 13 thanks to his performance in Sunday’s soggy victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Slater’s honor comes after he blocked a Dallas punt in the first quarter of the win. It was the 34-year-old’s first career blocked punt and it led to the game’s only touchdown two plays later, as Tom Brady found N’Keal Harry for Harry’s first career touchdown grab. Slater’s block was also the third blocked punt by the Pats in 2019, tying a team record set back in 1986.

Jake Bailey, of course, took home the honors for his Week 12 effort against the Eagles, and Slater’s honor gives the Patriots three separate AFC Special Teams Player of the Week nods in 2019 to date.

The last time the Patriots have had back-to-back STPofW was in 2017, when running back Dion Lewis and kicker Stephen Gostkowski grabbed the honors in Weeks 10 and 11.

The Patriots will look to keep it rolling when they travel to Houston for a Sunday Night Football head-to-head with the Texans.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.