by Will Overton
Often overlooked, kickers often play a much bigger role than anyone anticipates. Who should we trust this week? Let’s take a look:
- Stephen Gostkowski –New England Patriots – vs. Miami
- Blair Walash – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – @ Cincinnati
- Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – @ San Diego
- Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tampa Bay
- Shayne Graham – Houston Texans – @ Indianapolis
- Jason Hanson – Detroit Lions – VS. Chicago
- Lawrence Tynes – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
- Matt Prater – Denver Broncos – vs. Kansas City
- Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – @ Washington
- Kal Forbath – Washington Redskins – vs. Dallas
- Garrett Hartley – New Orleans Saints – vs. Carolina
- Connor Barth – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – @ Atlanta
- Rob Birnoas – Tennessee Titans – vs. Jacksonville
- David Akers – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
- Maybe the most underrated and unnoticed kicker in football is Blair Walsh in Minnesota. He’s certainly the hottest kicker with 39 points in the last two games. He is also a perfect 9 for 9 from 50 yards and beyond this season which is a nice little bonus. Green Bay’s defense is getting better, but they’re still not great and Adrian Peterson should single-handedly get the Vikings in field goal range more than once.
- There is something to be said for consistency at the kicker position. It’s nice to have a guy get 15 points, but it’s not so nice if he gets two the next week. All you need from a kicker is 7 – 10 points and that’s what Shayne Graham will get you. Graham has scored 8 points or better in all but two games this season, including scoring 17 two weeks ago against the Colts.
- It’s pretty clear that Rob Bironas is no longer the top kicker he once was. In fact at this point he’s barely a top twenty kicker. However, he’s got the most favorable matchup this week. The Jaguars allow the most field goals of any team in football and Birnoas scored 13 against the Jags earlier this season.