|Kickermania - thru week 3 & looking ahead to week 4|
|by Mike Herman, Exclusive to Footballguys.com|
|2005 Kicking points
(top five are highlighted)
|2005 Kicking ppg||2004 Kicking ppg||2005
|Week 4 matchup|
Rackers is at home against an NFC West opponent, which is usually a good combination.
Peterson has only attempted 2 FGs so far this year… look for him to improve upon that this week.
|notes||misses: 38WL, 47WL, 45WR
Stover has been one of the best home kickers in recent years (not counting the disaster in week one this year). Aaron Elling has been signed to handle kickoffs.
Lindell has now kicked a 40+ yard FG in each of the first three games. He only had one all of last year.
Kasay should finally get a FG attempt under 50 yards this week.
|notes||misses: 48WL, 36WR, 39WL|
Graham is in a very good situation… a team on a roll with an easy schedule.
|notes||misses: one extra point blocked|
|notes||misses: 41WL, one extra point. Last week's missed extra point resulted from another bad snap by rookie longsnapper Jon Condo, who has since been cut. The miss resulted in an altercation between Cortez and guard Larry Allen.|
|notes||misses: 53WL, 53WR, 46LU
Despite missing three long FGs, Elam is the number 5 bonus kicker.
|notes||misses: Hanson none; Hamilton one extra point
Hanson is listed as questionable, and will probably be able to kick this week. Remy Hamilton is still on the practice squad just in case.
|notes||misses: 42WL, one extra point
Longwell scored 6 six points in the season opener at Carolina last year. That was a long time ago.
FG attempts yet
A road trip to Jacksonville should keep Brown dead last in the rankings.
Vanderjagt started off average last year, but still managed to finish in the top five.
|notes||misses: 43WL, 42WL
Scobee is tied with Neil Rackers for the NFL lead with 7 touchbacks on kickoffs.
|notes||misses: 32WL, 46B.
The Eagles have been stingy against NFC West kickers, but more giving of opportunities to AFC West kickers so far this year.
Edinger has been scoring at home, but was blanked in his earlier road game at Cincinnati.
|notes||misses: 53WL, blocked extra point
Prior to last year's #1 ranking, Vinatieri was ranked 11, 10, and 11 in three previous years. He is currently #11 in 2005.
Carney finally gets a home game… sort of.
Feely is currently #5 in kicker scoring, and the Rams are coming to town. He could move up in the rankings after this week.
Even though the Ravens defense hasn't lived up to expectations, a road trip to Baltimore with the third string QB starting doesn't bode well for Nuge.
|notes||misses: 43WL, 50WL, 49LU, 37WL
Janikowski leads the NFL in missed FGs.
|notes||misses: Akers 49SH, 49WR, 43LU; Simoneau one extra
David Akers will sit with his torn hamstring. The earliest he would return is probably week 7 after their bye.
Reed has kicked 2 FGs in every game this year, and at least two extra points.
Kaeding's FG opportunities have been limited to one per game so far.
The Redskins are third in fewest kicking points per game allowed.
Once again, the 49ers are near the bottom of the league in kicker scoring opportunities.
Wilkins scored 7 points the last time he visited the Giants (the season opener two years ago).
Bryant has attempted and made one FG in each game so far… 41 yards, 40 yards, and 42 yards.
After the not-so-impressive 1 point scored in week 1, Bironas has rebounded with games of 11 and 9 points.
|notes||misses: Hall none, Novak had no FG attempts.
Hall is listed as questionable on the injury report, however Joe Gibbs indicated Hall will need to be at 100% for several weeks before he'll play.
|1.||All stats are based on Standard Scoring of 3 points for field goals and 1 point for extra points|
|(except for the Bonus Total column which increases 40-49 yard FG's to 4 points, and FG's of 50 yards and over to 5 points)|
|2.||"Attempted" = maximum number of kicking points the team could have had if they made every kick|
|3.||The Kdefensive "factors" are the median by which teams allow kicking points, as compared to their opponents average scoring|
|(i.e. smaller numbers under 1.0 equal better kicking defense, larger numbers over 1.0 = not so good)|
|4.||Weekly matchup numbers: the "Mathematical Projection I" is the "Kscoring" multiplied by the "Kdefensive Factor"|
|Mathematical Projection II is simply the average of the Kicking ppg scored and the Kicking points allowed by the opponent|
|5.||Misses key: SH = short, WR = wide right, WL = wide left, CR = cross bar, RU = right upright, LU = left upright, B = blocked, T = tipped|
|Mike Herman's Weekly Kicker Rankings ***|
|*** Note: These rankings differ from the official Footballguys.com rankings|