Week 2 in the NFL was certainly exciting. There was another tied game this week. There were some close scores. And there were kicking disasters galore.
Looking at all the games this past Sunday, there were nine games that had at least one kicking failure – either a missed field goal or point after. In total, there were 19 missed kicks.
Leading the kicking disasters were the Browns. Zane Gonzalez missed 2 field goals and 2 PATs for a total of 8 points. The Browns lost by 3. Also leading in kicking themselves were both the Packers and the Vikings, who were playing each other. Daniel Carlson for the Vikings missed 3 field goals, and Mason Crosby for the Packers missed one field goal. Any one of those kicks would have made the difference – as the game ended in a 29-29 tie.
The teams are probably kicking themselves this morning. In particular, the Vikings. The Vikings traded 2 sixth-round picks to get Carlson in the draft this past year. They then paid him a $250,000 signing bonus and a $2.7 million contract. They fired him Monday morning and hired Dan Bailey (formerly of the Cowboys) to replace him. Biggest Winners (and Losers) of the 2018 NFL draft
Brown’s kicker Zane Gonzalez is out too. Although Gonzalez might have had a legitimate excuse for the misses – a groin injury; the Browns have said goodbye to the kicker and replaced him with rookie kicker Greg Joseph. Joseph spent the pre-season with the Miami Dolphins and his college years with Florida Atlantic.
All told, there were four games that were affected by the kicking plague. While there are always going to be some missed kicks, it is a reasonable expectations that the kickers do their jobs. Missing a field goat from over 50 yards might be forgivable, but missing a PAT really isn’t.
Some NFL teams were definitely kicking themselves this morning. Do you think they overreacted? Let us know what you think in the comments below.