Kickermania - thru week 7 & looking ahead to week 8
by Mike Herman, Exclusive to Footballguys.com
    2005 Kicking points
(top five are highlighted)
2005 Kicking ppg 2005
Kdef
Week 8 matchup
TEAM Current KICKER standard
total  rnk
attemptd
total  rnk
bonus
total  rnk
avg rnk home rnk away rnk ppg allw rnk hom
factr
away
factr
oppnt Kdef
factr
score
avg
math
proj
I
math
proj
II
this
week
rank
 Ari Neil Rackers 66 1 66 3 77 1 11.0 1 11.8 1 9.5 1 6.0 12 0.65 1.24 @DAL 0.63 9.5 6.0 8.5 21
notes misses: none
Rackers is now on pace for 176 points, and 51 touchbacks for the year.
 Atl Todd Peterson 51 6 51 15 54 11 7.3 8 7.8 15 6.7 11 5.3 5 0.82 0.70 BYE          
notes misses: none
 Bal Matt Stover 33 26 42 24 36 27 5.5 25 6.0 25 5.0 19 5.3 6 0.96 0.94 @PIT 0.94 5.0 4.7 5.4 18
notes misses: 38WL, 47WL, 45WR
Saturday will be the ninth anniversary of the last time Stover missed an extra point (October 29, 1996).
 Buf Rian Lindell 52 5 55 10 59 3 7.4 7 10.8 3 3.0 28 5.7 8 0.75 1.14 @NE 0.93 3.0 2.8 6.6 26
notes misses: 45WR
Lindell is a "must play" at home, and a "must sit" on the road.
 Car John Kasay 40 19 50 17 48 16 6.7 18 8.3 12 5.0 19 7.0 19 0.65 1.00 MIN 1.30 8.3 10.8 6.8 2
notes misses: 53WL, 62WL, 52B, one extra point blocked
The Bengals' and Falcons' kickers both scored in double digits when the Vikings came to town.
 Chi Robbie Gould 22 32 37 28 24 32 3.7 32 4.3 32 2.5 31 5.3 6 1.00 1.13 @DET 0.75 2.5 1.9 4.5 27
notes misses:  Brien 48WL, 36WR, 39WL; Gould 48WL, 47WR
Gould doesn't get many FG opportunities, and he's only connected on half of them.
 Cin Shayne Graham 60 2 69 1 63 2 8.6 3 10.0 5 7.5 9 6.1 13 1.13 1.19 GB 0.96 10.0 9.6 7.4 3
notes misses: 42WR, 52WL, 30WL
Graham is creeping up on Rackers, although Arizona already had their bye and Cincinnati hasn't.
 Cle Phil Dawson 36 25 37 28 38 25 6.0 24 6.3 22 5.7 16 7.2 21 1.50 1.05 @HOU 1.28 5.7 7.3 6.6 9
notes misses: one extra point blocked
The Texans are surrendering the most kicking points per game in the NFL.
 Dal Shaun Suisham 49 11 62 5 52 12 7.0 12 10.7 4 4.3 23 6.6 15 0.63 1.23 ARI 1.24 10.7 13.2 6.8 1
notes misses:  Cortez 41WL, 49B, 48WL, 29WL, one extra point
After a missed 29 yarder, and more finger pointing, Cortez was waived. Canadian rookie Shaun Suisham takes over, and gets an excellent first matchup.
 Den Jason Elam 50 8 68 2 57 7 7.1 9 6.8 19 7.7 7 5.9 11 0.85 0.69 PHI 0.88 6.8 5.9 6.5 13
notes misses: 53WL, 53WR, 46LU, 41WL, 46B, 49WR
Elam climbed back into the top ten, and hopes to make it a ninth consecutive year finishing there.
 Det Jason Hanson 32 27 39 27 38 25 5.3 27 6.0 25 4.7 22 4.7 2 0.75 0.79 CHI 1.13 6.0 6.8 5.0 14
notes misses: Hanson 47B, 47WR; Hamilton one extra point blocked.
Hanson's second and fourth highest scoring games last year were both against the Bears.
 GB Ryan Longwell 32 27 42 24 36 27 5.3 27 6.7 20 4.0 24 6.7 16 0.65 0.96 @CIN 1.13 4.0 4.5 6.0 20
notes misses: 42WL, 53WR, 42WL, one extra point
The Packers could be playing catch-up in this game, which cuts down on FG attempts.
 Hou Kris Brown 24 30 27 31 26 30 4.0 29 5.0 29 3.0 28 9.8 32 1.28 1.00 CLE 1.05 5.0 5.3 6.9 17
notes misses:  56WR
Brown is on pace to score 64 points this year. His career worst is 71 points (the Texans first year in the league).
 Ind Mike Vanderjagt 45 15 48 20 46 18 6.4 21 6.7 20 6.3 14 3.9 1 1.00 0.43 BYE          
notes misses: 48WL
 Jac Josh Scobee 42 16 48 20 49 14 7.0 12 8.7 10 5.3 18 5.8 9 1.04 0.65 @STL 1.50 5.3 8.0 6.4 5
notes misses: 43WL, 42WL
The Rams are the second most generous team in the NFL to opposing kickers.
 KC Lawrence Tynes 51 6 57 8 57 7 8.5 4 8.0 14 9.0 2 6.7 16 0.75 0.89 @SD 0.94 9.0 8.5 7.6 7
notes misses: 32WL, 46B
Tynes looks to improve on the five points he scored in each game against the Chargers last year.
 Mia Olindo Mare 37 24 40 26 41 22 6.2 23 9.0 7 3.3 26 7.3 23 1.20 1.00 @NO 0.92 3.3 3.1 6.8 23
notes misses: 21WL
Mare is "questionable" on Wednesday's injury report with a bum knee. Career substitute Jeff Chandler has been signed to the Practice Squad.
 Min Paul Edinger 40 19 49 19 46 18 6.7 18 11.0 2 2.3 32 7.8 25 0.78 1.30 @CAR 0.65 2.3 1.5 7.3 28
notes misses: 33RU, 52WR, 32SH
Edinger is even more of a "must play" at home, and a "must sit" on the road than Lindell.
 NE Adam Vinatieri 42 16 52 14 45 20 7.0 12 5.5 28 7.8 6 7.0 19 0.93 1.04 BUF 1.14 5.5 6.3 7.0 11
notes misses: 53WL, 37WR, 53WR, blocked extra point
Vinatieri's highest scoring last year was at home against the Bills.
 NO John Carney 47 13 65 4 50 13 6.7 17 10.0 5 5.4 17 8.1 29 0.92 1.03 MIA 1.00 10.0 10.0 7.4 6
notes misses: 29LU, 32WL, 43WL, 43WR, 47B, 45B
Carney has now had a FG blocked in two consecutive games.
 NYG Jay Feely 53 4 53 12 59 3 8.8 2 8.8 9 9.0 2 7.8 25 0.75 1.01 WAS 0.66 8.8 5.7 8.3 15
notes misses:  none
Feely has scored at least 6 points in every game this year. Only Graham (minimum 6) and Rackers (minimum 7) can make a similar claim.
 NYJ Mike Nugent 26 29 35 30 28 29 3.7 31 5.0 29 2.8 30 7.9 27 1.50 1.14 BYE          
notes misses: 28B, 40WR, 48WL
 Oak Sebastian Janikowski 38 22 50 17 40 24 6.3 22 7.0 18 5.0 19 7.2 21 1.43 0.94 @TEN 0.93 5.0 4.7 6.8 19
notes misses: 43WL, 50WL, 49LU, 37WL
Early in the year Janikowski had troubles making FGs; lately he hasn't been getting many attempts (one in the last 2 games).
 Phi Jose Cortez 38 22 51 15 41 22 5.4 26 6.3 22 6.3 13 6.7 16 0.90 0.88 @DEN 0.85 6.3 5.4 6.0 16
notes misses: Akers 49SH, 49WR, 43LU; Simoneau one extra point; France 40B
David Akers is not quite ready. Todd France was waived. In a move that has baffled many Eagles and football fans, Jose Cortez is the new kicker this week.
 Pit Jeff Reed 47 13 53 12 49 14 7.8 6 7.7 16 8.0 4 5.8 9 0.94 0.70 BAL 0.94 7.7 7.2 6.8 10
notes misses: 52WL, 46WR
Reed has been relatively consistent this year, scoring from 5 to 10 points a game.
 SD Nate Kaeding 55 3 58 7 59 3 7.9 5 8.3 12 7.5 9 6.3 14 0.94 1.05 KC 0.89 8.3 7.4 7.1 8
notes misses: 40B
Kaeding is listed as questionable on Wednesday's injury report, although he has been practicing.
 Sea Josh Brown 49 11 55 10 57 7 7.0 12 7.3 17 6.7 11 7.6 24 1.10 1.17 BYE          
notes misses:  47WL, 47LU
 SF Joe Nedney 24 30 24 32 25 31 4.0 29 4.7 31 3.3 26 9.0 30 0.64 1.11 TB 0.60 4.7 2.8 6.5 25
notes misses:  none
The Bucs have been stingy against kickers, particularly on the road.
 StL Jeff Wilkins 50 8 56 9 55 10 7.1 9 6.0 25 8.0 4 9.4 31 1.50 1.19 JAC 0.65 6.0 3.9 8.3 22
notes misses: 48WL, 48SH
Before their bye week, the Jaguars limited Reed to 5 points in Pittsburgh.
 TB Matt Bryant 42 16 45 22 47 17 7.0 12 6.3 22 7.7 7 5.0 4 1.50 0.60 @SF 0.64 7.7 4.9 6.0 12
notes misses: 46WR
The 49ers actually managed to hold the last two visiting kickers to 2 and 4 points.
 Ten Rob Bironas 50 8 59 6 58 6 7.1 9 8.7 10 6.0 15 7.9 27 0.93 1.24 OAK 0.94 8.7 8.1 7.5 4
notes misses: 47WR, 38WL, 58SH (freekick)
The Raiders could be "due" for a let down in their first road game in a month. Bironas could benefit.
 Was John Hall / Nick Novak 39 21 45 22 42 21 6.5 20 9.0 7 4.0 24 4.8 3 0.75 0.66 @NYG 0.75 4.0 3.0 5.7 24
notes misses: Hall none, Novak 39B, 38B
Hall was close to playing last week, and appears to be a little closer this week…
NOTES:
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 ***
Rank Player
1 Shaun Suisham
2 John Kasay
3 Shayne Graham
4 Rob Bironas
5 Josh Scobee
6 John Carney
7 Lawrence Tynes
8 Nate Kaeding
9 Phil Dawson
10 Jeff Reed
11 Adam Vinatieri
12 Matt Bryant
13 Jason Elam
14 Jason Hanson
15 Jay Feely
16 Jose Cortez
17 Kris Brown
18 Matt Stover
19 Sebastian Janikowski
20 Ryan Longwell
21 Neil Rackers
22 Jeff Wilkins
23 Olindo Mare
24 John Hall / Nick Novak
25 Joe Nedney
26 Rian Lindell
27 Robbie Gould
28 Paul Edinger
*** Note: These rankings differ from the official Footballguys.com rankings