Kickermania - thru week 8 & looking ahead to week 9
by Mike Herman, Exclusive to Footballguys.com
    2005 Kicking points
(top five are highlighted)
2005 Kicking ppg 2005
Kdef
Week 9 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 73 1 73 3 87 1 10.4 1 11.8 1 8.7 3 6.6 15 0.65 0.95 SEA 1.17 11.8 13.7 8.5 2
notes misses: none
Rackers scored 11 points when the Seahawks came to town last year.
 Atl Todd Peterson 51 13 51 23 54 16 7.3 9 7.8 14 6.7 13 5.3 3 0.82 0.81 @MIA 1.20 6.7 8.0 6.3 6
notes misses: none
The Dolphins have surrendered 8.75 kicking points per game in their last four outings.
 Bal Matt Stover 46 18 58 15 52 17 6.6 18 6.0 28 7.0 10 5.7 8 0.96 0.99 CIN 1.19 6.0 7.1 6.1 10
notes misses: 38WL, 47WL, 45WR, 43RU
After a slow and ugly start to the season, Stover has now scored in double digits twice in the last three games.
 Buf Rian Lindell 62 4 68 7 70 3 7.8 6 10.8 3 4.8 22 5.4 4 0.62 0.97 BYE          
notes misses: 45WR, 46WL
 Car John Kasay 48 16 61 12 57 12 6.9 15 8.3 10 5.0 21 6.1 10 0.57 1.00 @TB 1.22 5.0 6.1 6.5 20
notes misses: 53WL, 62WL, 52B, 56SH, one extra point blocked
Kasay is perfect on attempts under 50 yards. His four misses were all from long range.
 Chi Robbie Gould 29 31 44 28 31 31 4.1 31 4.3 32 4.0 26 5.6 6 0.83 1.12 @NO 1.50 4.0 6.0 4.9 21
notes misses:  Brien 48WL, 36WR, 39WL; Gould 48WL, 47WR
Last week was the first time this year that the Bears scored more than one FG in a game.
 Cin Shayne Graham 63 3 72 4 66 4 7.9 4 8.3 10 7.5 8 5.6 7 0.85 1.19 @BAL 0.96 7.5 7.2 6.8 14
notes misses: 42WR, 52WL, 30WL
Graham scored nines points in each game against the Ravens last year.
 Cle Phil Dawson 46 18 47 26 48 21 6.6 18 6.3 24 6.8 11 8.0 27 1.35 1.05 TEN 1.23 6.3 7.8 7.3 8
notes misses: one extra point blocked
Opponents' kickers are averaging 9.25 points when the Titans come to town.
 Dal Shaun Suisham 59 5 72 4 62 9 7.4 7 10.5 5 4.3 25 6.6 16 0.75 0.97 BYE          
notes misses:  Cortez 41WL, 49B, 48WL, 29WL, one extra point; Suisham none
 Den Jason Elam 57 8 75 1 64 7 7.1 11 6.8 21 7.7 7 5.5 5 0.67 0.57 BYE          
notes misses: 53WL, 53WR, 46LU, 41WL, 46B, 49WR
 Det Jason Hanson 39 26 49 24 45 25 5.6 25 6.3 27 4.7 24 5.0 2 0.79 0.79 @MIN 0.89 4.7 4.1 5.3 27
notes misses: Hanson 47B, 47WR, 46WL; Hamilton one extra point blocked.
Hanson hasn't finished a year in the top ten in scoring since 1997.
 GB Ryan Longwell 34 30 44 28 38 30 4.9 30 6.7 22 3.5 27 6.1 10 0.74 0.88 PIT 0.85 6.7 5.7 5.5 22
notes misses: 42WL, 53WR, 42WL, one extra point
Longwell has made either one or zero FGs in every game this year except one.
 Hou Kris Brown 37 29 43 30 40 29 5.3 28 7.0 19 3.0 29 9.9 32 1.38 1.21 @JAC 1.04 3.0 3.1 7.6 28
notes misses:  56WR, 38WR
Take note of Brown's average of 3.0  points per game on the road.
 Ind Mike Vanderjagt 45 21 48 25 46 24 6.4 21 6.7 22 6.3 16 3.9 1 0.89 0.35 @NE 1.47 6.3 9.2 5.1 4
notes misses: 48WL
The last two visiting kickers in New England both scored in double digits (Lindell and Kaeding).
 Jac Josh Scobee 45 21 57 17 52 17 6.4 21 8.7 8 4.8 22 5.9 9 1.04 0.82 HOU 1.21 8.7 10.5 6.1 1
notes misses: 43WL, 42WL, 49WR, 44WR
Scobee is top ten at home. The Texans are giving up 10.7 kicking points per game on the road.
 KC Lawrence Tynes 59 5 65 9 65 5 8.4 3 8.0 13 8.8 2 6.3 12 1.00 0.80 OAK 0.85 8.0 6.8 7.4 7
notes misses: 32WL, 46B.
The Chiefs have attempted 17 extra points vs. 16 FGs so far this year, as compared to their 3-to-1 ratio the prior two years.
 Mia Olindo Mare 50 14 56 18 56 15 7.1 10 9.0 6 5.8 18 7.1 21 1.20 0.87 ATL 0.81 9.0 7.3 7.1 13
notes misses: 21WL, 36WL
The Dolphins released Jeff Chandler from the practice squad.
 Min Paul Edinger 41 24 53 21 47 23 5.9 24 11.0 2 2.0 32 7.9 25 0.89 1.26 DET 0.79 11.0 8.7 6.9 5
notes misses: 33RU, 52WR, 32SH, 33WR
Edinger is averaging 3.3 FG attempts per game at home, and 1.2 on the road.
 NE Adam Vinatieri 45 21 58 15 48 21 6.4 21 4.7 31 7.8 6 7.4 23 1.47 1.03 IND 0.35 4.7 1.6 6.9 23
notes misses: 53WL, 37WR, 53WR, 44WL, blocked extra point
Vinatieri is ranked 31st in home scoring. The road Colts are giving up only 2.5 points per game to kickers.
 NO John Carney 53 12 71 6 57 12 6.6 17 8.7 8 5.4 20 8.8 31 1.50 0.97 CHI 1.12 8.7 9.7 7.7 9
notes misses: 29LU, 32WL, 43WL, 43WR, 47B, 45B
The Bears have allowed at least 7 kicking points in each road game this year.
 NYG Jay Feely 71 2 74 2 80 2 10.1 2 10.6 4 9.0 1 6.7 17 0.75 1.10 @SF 0.62 9.0 5.5 8.4 17
notes misses:  51LU
Feely is the number one road kicker, although the 49ers have only surrendered 2, 4, and 4 points in their last three home games.
 NYJ Mike Nugent 26 32 35 32 28 32 3.7 32 5.0 30 2.8 31 7.9 25 1.68 1.14 SD 1.12 5.0 5.6 5.8 25
notes misses: 28B, 40WR, 48WL
No team has attempted fewer FGs than the Jets.
 Oak Sebastian Janikowski 48 16 60 14 50 20 6.9 15 7.0 19 6.7 13 7.1 21 1.23 0.85 @KC 1.00 6.7 6.7 7.0 16
notes misses: 43WL, 50WL, 49LU, 37WL
Janikowski scored 12 points last year in KC.
 Phi David Akers / Jose Cortez 41 24 54 20 44 26 5.1 29 6.3 24 5.5 19 6.7 17 0.90 0.95 @WAS 0.75 5.5 4.1 5.9 24
notes misses: Akers 49SH, 49WR, 43LU; Simoneau one extra point; France 40B.
Akers has returned to practice, and could handle placekicking this week. If he does, Cortez would probably still handle kickoffs.
 Pit Jeff Reed 55 11 61 12 58 11 7.9 5 7.8 14 8.0 4 6.9 20 1.24 0.85 @GB 0.74 8.0 5.9 7.4 18
notes misses: 52WL, 46WR
The Packers' opponents' kickers are averaging 6.7 points in GB.
 SD Nate Kaeding 59 5 62 10 63 8 7.4 7 7.3 16 7.5 8 6.5 14 0.93 1.12 @NYJ 1.68 7.5 12.6 6.9 3
notes misses: 40B
The Jets have surrendered at least 9 kicking points in each of their last three games.
 Sea Josh Brown 49 15 55 19 57 12 7.0 13 7.3 16 6.7 13 7.6 24 1.14 1.17 @ARI 0.65 6.7 4.3 7.3 26
notes misses:  47WL, 47LU
The Cardinals are giving up only 4.2 kicking points in home games.
 SF Joe Nedney 39 26 42 31 44 26 5.6 25 7.3 16 3.3 28 8.3 29 0.62 1.11 NYG 1.10 7.3 8.0 6.9 15
notes misses:  39WL
Nedney's 15 points last week was at least twice as many as he scored in any other game this year, and the first double digit score for a 49er kicker since 2003.
 StL Jeff Wilkins 56 10 62 10 62 9 7.0 13 6.0 28 8.0 4 8.6 30 1.21 1.17 BYE          
notes misses: 48WL, 48SH
Wilkins signed a four year contract extension this week.
 TB Matt Bryant 46 18 52 22 52 17 6.6 18 6.3 24 6.8 11 6.4 13 1.22 0.62 CAR 1.00 6.3 6.3 6.5 19
notes misses: 46WR, 52SH
The Bucs host the Panthers, the team that led to the demise of Martin Gramatica.
 Ten Rob Bironas 57 8 67 8 65 5 7.1 11 8.3 10 6.0 17 8.1 28 1.03 1.23 @CLE 1.35 6.0 8.1 7.6 11
notes misses: 47WR, 38WL, 58SH (freekick), missed one extra point
Bironas now trails Gary Anderson by only 2,377 points in career scoring.
 Was John Hall / Nick Novak 39 26 45 27 42 28 5.6 25 9.0 6 3.0 29 6.7 17 0.75 0.83 PHI 0.95 9.0 8.6 6.1 12
notes misses: Hall none, Novak 39B, 38B
Once again the Redskins will wait until later in the week to decide whether John Hall or Nick Novak will handle the kicking 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 Kicker Rankings for This Week *** Remaining Schedule (thru week 16) Rankings ***
Rank Player Rank Team
1 Josh Scobee 1 Jay Feely
2 Neil Rackers 2 Olindo Mare
3 Nate Kaeding 3 Jeff Reed
4 Mike Vanderjagt 4 Rob Bironas
5 Paul Edinger 5 Neil Rackers
6 Todd Peterson 6 Nate Kaeding
7 Lawrence Tynes 7 Lawrence Tynes
8 Phil Dawson 8 Jeff Wilkins
9 John Carney 9 Mike Vanderjagt
10 Matt Stover 10 Shayne Graham
11 Rob Bironas 11 Jason Elam
12 John Hall / Nick Novak 12 Matt Stover
13 Olindo Mare 13 John Hall / Nick Novak
14 Shayne Graham 14 Rian Lindell
15 Joe Nedney 15 Matt Bryant
16 Sebastian Janikowski 16 Josh Scobee
17 Jay Feely 17 Phil Dawson
18 Jeff Reed 18 John Carney
19 Matt Bryant 19 Sebastian Janikowski
20 John Kasay 20 John Kasay
21 Robbie Gould 21 Todd Peterson
22 Ryan Longwell 22 Adam Vinatieri
23 Adam Vinatieri 23 Paul Edinger
24 David Akers / Jose Cortez 24 Josh Brown
25 Mike Nugent 25 David Akers / Jose Cortez
26 Josh Brown 26 Jason Hanson
27 Jason Hanson 27 Joe Nedney
28 Kris Brown 28 Shaun Suisham
29 Ryan Longwell
30 Kris Brown
31 Robbie Gould
32 Mike Nugent
*** Note: These rankings differ from the official Footballguys.com rankings