Bears kicker Cody Parkey missed two field goals and two extra points in Chicago’s 34-22 win over the Lions today. But he didn’t whiff them: He hit the uprights on all four of his misses. (Parkey did successfully convert two extra points.)
The back-and-forth shootout between the Giants and the Panthers was an entertaining spectacle where narratives seemed to go through entire life cycles multiple times, and each team’s season outlook changed by the minute. With 2:16 left to go in regulation, Graham Gano converted his third field goal of the day to put…
The Lions beat the Packers today, 31-23. They got a bit of help from the Packers’ kicker, Mason Crosby, who missed five kicks that could’ve totaled 13 points.
Texas kicker Cam Dicker forgot he was a freshman on Saturday and absolutely nailed a 40-yard go-ahead field goal to give the No. 19 Longhorns a 48-45 lead over No. 15 Oklahoma with nine seconds left in regulation. Texas looked as though it would win the game with ease, entering the fourth quarter up 45-24. But the…
Adam Vinatieri continues to cement his legacy as a Hall of Famer and build towards becoming the greatest kicker in NFL history, if he isn’t there already. In the second quarter against the Texans, the 45-year-old Colts kicker hit a 42-yard field goal with ease to pass Morten Andersen as the league’s all-time leader in…
“Practice makes perfect” is certainly a mantra Wake Forest kicker Nick Sciba adheres to. In fact, he’s so serious about it that he was still practicing while the rest of his team set themselves up in position to kick a field goal in the first quarter against Notre Dame. The good news was that the Demon Deacons did not…
“Professional football placekicker” has to be a tough job. Either you make all your kicks and people think you’ve done what’s expected of you, or you miss one (or two! Or three or four!) and you get trashed and maybe fired.
One of the lone constants of a modern NFL marked by roster churn and and an endless push towards maximum efficiency finally came to an end today. Starting next season, fans will no longer be able to look at an Oakland Raiders roster and say, “Huh. Sebastian Janikowski’s still there, I guess.”
Kicker Robbie Gould’s 11-year tenure with the Bears came to an unceremonious end when the team released him a week before the 2016 season started. GM Ryan Pace believed that Connor Barth was better and more affordable than Gould, though Barth was cut last month for Cairo Santos. On Sunday, Gould, the Bears’ all-time…
Hey, this is cool as hell:
Cowboys defensive back Jeff Heath, best known for almost decapitating a guy on the football field, was a kicker for Lake Orion High School (Mich.), and once hit a dramatic, game-winning 49-yard field goal. When Dan Bailey hurt his groin in Sunday’s game against the 49ers, Heath had to fill in.
Let’s phrase it as a riddle, to laugh to keep from crying. What wears red pajamas, has missed five of his last six field goals, and isn’t going to have a job this time next week? This guy:
Longtime Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski is gone for at least half of the season with a back injury and restructured contract. His injury gave Giorgio Tavecchio an opportunity in Oakland’s season opener against the Titans, and he was perfect in his debut.
Derrius Guice made Louisville kicker Blanton Creque regret every part of this tackle attempt.
The Dolphins and Bills brawled a bit late in today’s game in Buffalo, and it’s all Dan Carpenter’s fault—as the Bills kicker taunted the Miami returner after forcing him out of bounds, and havoc briefly reigned.
The 33-yard extra point has flummoxed nine NFL kickers today, for a total of 11 missed PATs. There hadn’t been more than 10 missed extra points in one week of games after the 1970 AFL-NFL merger since 1985.
I mean, if he can do 28 yards in dress shoes, I’m sure he can double that in cleats, why not?
There is no ever-loving deity. There is only Satan himself, handling the levers and pulleys that guide our lives, our limbs, our souls. Update:
As with all things Browns, failure is not enough by itself. It can never be simple. It must always be exquisite, and multipronged, and avoidable. The Cody Parkey saga, which saw Cleveland’s new kicker miss three field goals including a potential game-winner as time expired, is a great example.
Roberto Aguayo, the most accurate kicker in college football history, for whom the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up to draft in the second round, is struggling in preseason and in practice. This is a real and interesting news story. It’s also one that I’ve felt unusual compunctions reading (and writing) about.