NFL kickers have historically tough week with record misfires


From that moment on, Week 5 will be remembered as the week all the kicks were missed. One minute a streak of winning field goals – including Justin Tucker’s record 66 yards in the NFL in Week 3 – made sure the kickers got their flowers, the next they didn’t look like they could. buy a brand.

To be clear, Tucker came out of the Baltimore Ravens Monday night football game with the Indianapolis Colts unscathed… because he’s Justin Tucker. But Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship wasn’t so lucky.

Blankenship’s name was added to the list of kickers who fell victim to the Week 5 Curse when he delivered the 13th extra point missed of the week.

Shortly after the above was tweeted, Blankenship missed a 47-yard field goal attempt in the final settlement game (the 13th missed goal of the week), bringing the total to 26 missed kicks since Thursday.

The surge of misfires marks the first week with at least 10 missed baskets and at least 10 more missed points since the point after the touchdown was reduced from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line in 2015.

It all started when Los Angeles Rams kicker Matt Gay missed an extra point in his team’s first touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football. Things went downhill quickly from there.

On Sunday morning, bad juju continued in London when New York Jets kicker Matt Ammendola missed an extra point attempt in the Jets’ first touchdown of the day in their early loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Then, Sunday afternoon, Week 5 caught up with Mason Crosby. The Green Bay Packers kicker entered the game for the Cincinnati Bengals after scoring 27 consecutive goals. Week 5 seemed to take this personally as Crosby missed three crucial field goals and an extra point before eventually winning the game.

With Green Bay and Cincinnati tied at 22 with 2:12 to go, Crosby scored 36 yards wide on the left. The Bengals then headed for the shooting range for their own starting shot attempt, but in a shocking turn of events, Evan McPherson’s 57-yard attempt also resulted in a dud.

After a quick strike from Aaron Rodgers at Davante Adams, the Packers once again put Crosby in position to be the hero. Conversely, he missed 51 meters to send the game into overtime.

In overtime, the Packers intercepted Joe Burrow to give Crosby another winning field goal. To the surprise of absolutely no one reading this, it missed. This gave McPherson of Cincinnati another shot at winning the game. The one he also missed.

Crosby finally redeemed himself with a 49-yard field goal to give the Packers the win.

But the misfortunes of collective kicks hardly ended there.

The Los Angeles Chargers managed to secure a victory over the Cleveland Browns; however, it was hardly thanks to stellar kicks. Tristan Vizcaino missed a pair of extra points, including one that would have tied the game at 42 after Austin Ekeler screened home with just over three minutes left. Vizcaino has now missed four more points this season.

In keeping with the theme, the New England Patriots’ narrow victory over the Houston Texans missed three more points in a row. The Texans ‘Ka’imi Fairbairn missed the PAT on his team’s first score, and Patriots kicker Nick Folk responded with a missed PAT on the Patriots’ first touchdown. When Houston responded with another touchdown, Fairbairn missed another extra point. You can’t make that stuff up, guys.

Elsewhere, New Orleans Saints ‘Cody Parkey missed an extra point after an Alvin Kamara touchdown against the Washington football team and Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Matthew Wright missed the extra point in the Jaguars’ first touchdown. daytime.

I can’t help but wonder if the word “missed” has ever been used more frequently in a story. Plus, on a slightly unrelated note, things can only get better from here for beleaguered kickers around the world.