Kickermania - thru week 12 & looking ahead to week 13
by Mike Herman, Exclusive to Footballguys.com
    2005 Kicking points
(top five are highlighted)
2005 Kicking ppg 2005
Kdef
Week 13 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
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math
proj
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this
week
rank
 Ari Neil Rackers 110 1 113 2 132 1 10.0 1 10.8 1 9.0 1 7.1 21 0.90 1.25 @SF 0.66 9.0 5.9 8.5 17
notes misses: 43WL
Rackers injured his calf in practice on Thursday and is awaiting an MRI test. Check Players in the News for updates!!!
 Atl Todd Peterson 79 12 82 21 82 14 7.2 12 7.5 17 6.8 12 6.3 12 1.02 0.57 @CAR 0.68 6.8 4.6 6.7 24
notes misses: Peterson none; Koenen 55WR
The Falcons scored 9 and 10 kicking points against the Panthers last year.
 Bal Matt Stover 71 19 86 20 80 16 6.5 19 7.4 18 5.7 17 6.5 16 0.82 1.02 HOU 0.86 7.4 6.3 6.5 9
notes misses: Stover 38WL, 47WL, 45WR, 43RU; Elling 54SH
After going 0 for 3 in the home opener, Stover has gone 3 for 3 on FGs in each of his last three home games.
 Buf Rian Lindell 77 14 89 14 88 10 7.0 14 9.0 6 4.6 25 5.9 7 0.64 1.33 @MIA 1.03 4.6 4.7 6.5 26
notes misses: 45WR, 46WL, 28LU, 31WR
Other than the New England game, Lindell had had only one FG attempt in each road game.
 Car John Kasay 80 10 99 6 90 7 7.3 10 9.0 6 5.8 16 5.8 5 0.68 1.14 Atl 0.57 9.0 5.1 6.5 18
notes misses: 53WL, 62WL, 52B, 56SH, 46WL, 45WR, one extra point blocked
Kasay has scored at least 8 points in every home game this year.
 Chi Robbie Gould 56 30 77 25 58 30 5.1 30 4.8 30 5.4 18 5.5 4 0.86 1.08 GB 0.87 4.8 4.2 5.3 27
notes misses:  Brien 48WL, 36WR, 39WL; Gould 48WL, 47WR, 47WR, 39WR
The Bears averaged 3.7 kicking ppg in the first third of the season. They've averaged 6.8 ppg in the last five games.
 Cin Shayne Graham 89 4 101 4 95 4 8.1 4 9.3 5 6.6 14 6.0 8 0.88 1.22 @PIT 0.94 6.6 6.2 7.0 10
notes misses: 42WR, 52WL, 30WL, 48WR.  Graham had only three FG attempts combined in the four games against the Steelers in 2003 and 2004. He had three attempts in the Pittsburgh game earlier this year.
 Cle Phil Dawson 73 16 78 23 76 21 6.6 16 7.4 18 6.0 15 6.7 17 1.29 0.85 JAC 0.55 7.4 4.1 6.7 28
notes misses: 39WR, one extra point blocked, one extra point LU
Dawson has a better FG percentage (95.2%) than he does extra point percentage (86.7%) this year.
 Dal Billy Cundiff 73 16 89 14 78 19 6.6 16 8.8 8 4.0 28 6.2 10 0.76 1.00 @NYG 0.80 4.0 3.2 6.4 30
notes misses:  Cortez 41WL, 49B, 48WL, 29WL, one extra point; Suisham none; Cundiff 34WL.
The Cowboys have made only 3 FGs in five road games.
 Den Jason Elam 83 6 101 4 91 5 7.5 6 7.2 22 8.0 3 4.7 2 0.65 0.61 @KC 0.71 8.0 5.7 6.1 12
notes misses: 53WL, 53WR, 46LU, 41WL, 46B, 49WR.
In his last five games against the Chiefs, Elam has averaged 9.4 ppg.
 Det Jason Hanson 52 31 68 30 58 30 4.7 31 5.8 28 3.4 30 6.2 10 0.83 0.94 MIN 0.88 5.8 5.1 5.5 19
notes misses: Hanson 47B, 47WR, 46WL, 51WR, 50WL; Hamilton one extra point blocked.
Everyone is eagerly waiting to see how the interim coaching staff utilizes Hanson.
 GB Ryan Longwell 60 28 73 29 71 24 5.5 28 5.8 29 5.2 21 7.0 20 1.20 0.87 @CHI 0.86 5.2 4.5 6.2 21
notes misses: 42WL, 53WR, 42WL, 31WR, one extra point
The Packers had at least one FG attempt in every road game last year. They already have three games with none this year.
 Hou Kris Brown 58 29 67 31 61 29 5.3 29 7.0 23 3.2 31 8.8 30 1.25 0.86 @BAL 0.82 3.2 2.6 7.0 32
notes misses:  56WR, 38WR, 46WL
Since joining the expansion Texans in 2002, Brown has averaged 4.4, 5.1, 4.4, and 3.2 ppg on the road.
 Ind Mike Vanderjagt 85 5 88 17 89 8 7.7 5 8.2 10 7.3 9 4.5 1 0.94 0.42 TEN 1.09 8.2 9.0 6.1 6
notes misses: 48WL
Vanderjagt is listed as probable on the Wednesday injury report with calf and groin injuries.
 Jac Josh Scobee 73 16 88 17 81 15 6.6 16 8.2 10 5.3 19 5.0 3 0.63 0.55 @CLE 1.29 5.3 6.9 5.8 16
notes misses: 43WL, 42WL, 49WR, 44WR, 38WR
The Browns held the last two visiting kickers to 2 and 0 points.
 KC Lawrence Tynes 94 3 106 3 102 3 8.5 3 9.4 4 7.8 4 5.8 5 0.71 0.77 DEN 0.61 9.4 5.7 7.2 14
notes misses: 32WL, 46B, 44WR, 43WL
Tynes averages 2.4 FG attempts per home game.
 Mia Olindo Mare 65 26 77 25 71 24 5.9 26 7.0 23 5.0 23 6.8 18 1.03 0.83 BUF 1.33 7.0 9.3 6.4 8
notes misses: 21WL, 36WL, 31WR, 38WR
The Bills are allowing 8.2 kicking ppg on the road.
 Min Paul Edinger 70 21 94 8 79 18 6.4 21 9.6 3 3.7 29 6.8 18 0.80 0.88 @DET 0.83 3.7 3.0 6.6 29
notes misses: 33RU, 52WR, 32SH, 33WR, 52SH, 40WR, 32B, 49SH
Edinger is 5 of 11 (45.5%) on FGs on the road.
 NE Adam Vinatieri 67 24 80 22 70 27 6.1 24 4.6 32 7.3 9 7.7 26 1.36 0.99 NYJ 1.10 4.6 5.1 6.9 20
notes misses: 53WL, 37WR, 53WR, 44WL, blocked extra point
Vinatieri has made only 3 FGs at home all year.
 NO John Carney 66 25 87 19 71 24 6.0 25 7.8 16 5.0 23 8.8 30 1.48 1.30 TB 0.73 7.8 5.7 7.4 23
notes misses: 29LU, 32WL, 43WL, 43WR, 47B, 45B, 30WL
Carney scored 5 and 3 points in games against the Bucs last year.
 NYG Jay Feely 100 2 115 1 111 2 9.1 2 9.9 2 7.8 7 6.4 14 0.80 0.98 DAL 1.00 9.9 9.9 7.7 4
notes misses:  51LU, 28WR, 40WL, 54SH, 45SH.  "I think he'll respond very well. We're very supportive of Jay. He needs that right now. He's done an outstanding job here. He had a bad game, a bad experience. We have to move past it." - Tom Coughlin
 NYJ Mike Nugent 50 32 65 32 54 32 4.5 32 7.2 21 2.3 32 7.8 27 1.00 1.10 @NE 1.36 2.3 3.2 6.2 31
notes misses: 28B, 40WR, 48WL, 51WL, 53SH
Heading into last week, the Jets were last in the NFL in kicker scoring. Then Nugent had his best game, scoring 13 points. They're still last… but less last.
 Oak Sebastian Janikowski 75 15 93 9 80 16 6.8 15 6.0 27 7.8 5 7.6 25 1.39 0.95 @SD 1.00 7.8 7.8 7.2 11
notes misses: 43WL, 50WL, 49LU, 37WL, 45WL, 45LU
Janikowski scored 2 points in both of his last two games at San Diego.
 Phi David Akers 71 19 90 12 76 21 6.5 19 8.0 14 5.2 21 6.0 8 0.71 0.83 SEA 1.20 8.0 9.6 6.2 2
notes misses: Akers 49SH, 49WR, 43LU, 60SH, 38WR; Simoneau one extra point; France 40B.
Akers is listed as probable on the Wednesday injury report with a hamstring injury.
 Pit Jeff Reed 81 9 96 7 86 13 7.4 9 8.2 10 6.7 13 7.2 22 0.94 0.98 CIN 1.22 8.2 10.0 7.3 1
notes misses: 52WL, 46WR, 51SH, 44B, 41WL
The Bengals have allowed 11, 11, and 9 kicking points in their last three road games.
 SD Nate Kaeding 83 6 92 10 88 10 7.5 6 8.2 10 7.0 11 6.3 12 1.00 1.04 OAK 0.95 8.2 7.8 6.9 7
notes misses: 40B, 42WL, 46WL
Kaeding had a touchback in each of his first three games this year. He has none since then.
 Sea Josh Brown 80 10 90 12 89 8 7.3 10 7.0 23 7.6 8 8.7 29 1.09 1.20 @PHI 0.71 7.6 5.4 8.0 15
notes misses:  47WL, 47LU, 51WL, one extra point blocked
The Eagles have allowed an average of 3.3 kicking ppg in their last three home games.
 SF Joe Nedney / Jose Cortez 69 22 78 23 78 19 6.3 22 8.0 14 4.2 26 8.5 28 0.66 1.36 ARI 1.25 8.0 10.0 7.4 5
notes misses: Nedney 39WL, 52SH; Cortez 34LU
Nedney is listed as questionable on the Wednesday injury report with hip and groin injuries.
 StL Jeff Wilkins 83 6 89 14 91 5 7.5 6 6.4 26 8.5 2 8.8 30 1.33 1.10 WAS 0.83 6.4 5.3 8.2 25
notes misses: 48WL, 48SH
Wilkins' last home was the first at home all year in which he attempted more than one FG.
 TB Matt Bryant / Todd France 68 23 77 25 76 21 6.2 23 4.8 30 7.8 5 7.3 23 1.56 0.73 @NO 1.48 7.8 11.5 6.7 3
notes misses: 46WR, 52SH, 29WR
Bryant is listed as questionable on the Wednesday injury report with a hamstring injury. The Bucs have signed Todd France to the practice squad.
 Ten Rob Bironas 78 13 91 11 87 12 7.1 13 8.7 9 5.2 20 7.5 24 1.01 1.09 @IND 0.94 5.2 4.9 7.3 22
notes misses: 47WR, 38WL, 58SH (freekick), 50WR, missed one extra point
The Colts have held 8 of their 11 opponents to 5 or fewer kicking points.
 Was John Hall 65 26 74 28 70 27 5.9 26 7.3 20 4.2 26 6.4 14 0.74 0.83 @STL 1.33 4.2 5.6 6.1 13
notes misses: Hall 52WR, Novak 39B, 38B
Hall has had two FG attempts in each of the last three games.
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 Jeff Reed 1 Shayne Graham
2 David Akers 2 Jeff Reed
3 Matt Bryant / Todd France 3 Neil Rackers / ???
4 Jay Feely 4 Todd Peterson
5 Joe Nedney / Jose Cortez 5 Matt Bryant / Todd France
6 Mike Vanderjagt 6 Mike Vanderjagt
7 Nate Kaeding 7 John Kasay
8 Olindo Mare 8 David Akers
9 Matt Stover 9 Olindo Mare
10 Shayne Graham 10 Josh Scobee
11 Sebastian Janikowski 11 Rob Bironas
12 Jason Elam 12 Lawrence Tynes
13 John Hall 13 Jay Feely
14 Lawrence Tynes 14 Nate Kaeding
15 Josh Brown 15 Paul Edinger
16 Josh Scobee 16 Sebastian Janikowski
17 Neil Rackers / ??? 17 Josh Brown
18 John Kasay 18 Jason Elam
19 Jason Hanson 19 Phil Dawson
20 Adam Vinatieri 20 John Hall
21 Ryan Longwell 21 Matt Stover
22 Rob Bironas 22 John Carney
23 John Carney 23 Joe Nedney / Jose Cortez
24 Todd Peterson 24 Ryan Longwell
25 Jeff Wilkins 25 Jeff Wilkins
26 Rian Lindell 26 Jason Hanson
27 Robbie Gould 27 Rian Lindell
28 Phil Dawson 28 Adam Vinatieri
29 Paul Edinger 29 Mike Nugent
30 Billy Cundiff 30 Robbie Gould
31 Mike Nugent 31 Kris Brown
32 Kris Brown 32 Billy Cundiff
*** Note: These rankings differ from the official Footballguys.com rankings