Kickermania - thru week 14 & looking ahead to week 15
by Mike Herman, Exclusive to Footballguys.com
    2005 Kicking points
(top five are highlighted)
2005 Kicking ppg 2005
Kdef
Week 15 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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this
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 Ari Neil Rackers 126 1 129 2 149 1 9.7 1 10.3 1 9.0 1 6.7 17 1.03 1.28 @HOU 1.29 9.0 11.6 8.2 1
notes misses: Rackers 43WL; Novak none
The Texans are giving up 9.2 kicking ppg at home.
 Atl Todd Peterson 95 9 101 15 100 10 7.3 9 7.9 9 6.7 13 6.2 9 1.00 0.67 @CHI 0.84 6.7 5.6 6.7 24
notes misses: Peterson 49SH; Koenen 55WR
The Bears have held each of their last four opponents' kickers under 5 points.
 Bal Matt Stover 79 24 94 23 88 20 6.1 24 6.8 22 5.4 19 7.2 23 0.89 1.04 GB 1.02 6.8 7.0 6.6 11
notes misses: Stover 38WL, 47WL, 45WR, 43RU; Elling 54SH
Stover has been resting the last several weeks, scoring only 3, 4, and 4 points.
 Buf Rian Lindell 81 22 96 21 92 15 6.2 22 7.9 9 4.3 27 5.8 5 0.71 1.18 DEN 0.71 7.9 5.6 6.0 26
notes misses: 45WR, 46WL, 28LU, 31WR, 32WL
The Broncos have held opposing kickers to 3.7 ppg over the last half dozen games.
 Car John Kasay 90 12 112 7 100 10 6.9 12 7.9 9 5.8 17 6.0 7 0.90 1.16 @NO 1.50 5.8 8.8 6.5 3
notes misses: 53WL, 62WL, 52B, 56SH, 46WL, 45WR, 42WL, one extra point blocked
Kasay scored 20 points when he visited the Saints last year.
 Chi Robbie Gould 72 29 97 19 75 31 5.5 29 6.0 28 5.0 21 4.9 3 0.84 0.96 ATL 0.67 6.0 4.0 5.2 29
notes misses:  Brien 48WL, 36WR, 39WL; Gould 48WL, 47WR, 47WR, 39WR, 43SH, one extra point WL
Bears kickers have hit 80% on FGs on the road, but only 60% at home this year.
 Cin Shayne Graham 108 3 120 3 114 3 8.3 3 9.6 2 6.8 11 6.2 11 0.80 1.19 @DET 0.84 6.8 5.7 7.3 19
notes misses: 42WR, 52WL, 30WL, 48WR
The Lions have held opposing kickers to 5.3 ppg at home this year.
 Cle Phil Dawson 83 16 91 27 87 23 6.4 16 6.5 25 6.3 15 7.2 23 1.37 0.92 @OAK 1.32 6.3 8.3 6.8 6
notes misses: 39WR, 34WL, one extra point blocked, one extra point LU
The Raiders have given up 9.7 kicking ppg over the last half dozen games.
 Dal Billy Cundiff 84 15 100 16 89 18 6.5 15 8.6 6 4.0 28 5.9 6 0.73 0.93 @WAS 0.74 4.0 3.0 6.2 31
notes misses:  Cortez 41WL, 49B, 48WL, 29WL, one extra point; Suisham none; Cundiff 34WL.
Cundiff scored 3 points in the game at Washington last year.
 Den Jason Elam 98 6 117 5 109 7 7.5 6 7.0 20 8.2 5 4.8 2 0.71 0.71 @BUF 0.71 8.2 5.8 6.2 18
notes misses: 53WL, 53WR, 46LU, 41WL, 46B, 49WR, one extra point RU
The Bills have held opposing kickers to 4.1 ppg at home this year.
 Det Jason Hanson 69 31 85 30 76 30 5.3 31 6.4 27 4.0 28 6.2 11 0.84 0.99 CIN 1.19 6.4 7.7 5.8 16
notes misses: Hanson 47B, 47WR, 46WL, 51WR, 50WL; Hamilton one extra point blocked.
Hanson passed the 1400 career points mark (1405) last week, and is 16th on the all-time scoring list. He needs 18 more points to pass Matt Bahr.
 GB Ryan Longwell 71 30 87 29 82 26 5.5 30 6.5 25 4.6 25 7.5 25 1.24 1.02 @BAL 0.89 4.6 4.1 6.5 27
notes misses: 42WL, 53WR, 42WL, 31WR, 38B, one extra point
Longwell has scored over 100 points in every year of his NFL career. Unless he scores 29 points in the final three games, that streak will end.
 Hou Kris Brown 77 25 92 25 80 28 5.9 25 7.0 20 5.0 21 8.3 28 1.29 0.83 ARI 1.28 7.0 9.0 7.1 10
notes misses:  56WR, 38WR, 46WL, 37B 31WL
Brown has "attempted" 11 FGs in the last three weeks.
 Ind Mike Vanderjagt 104 5 107 8 110 5 8.0 5 7.7 13 8.3 3 4.3 1 0.79 0.47 SD 0.93 7.7 7.2 6.2 7
notes misses: 48WL.  If Vanderjagt can maintain his top five status at year's end, that will place the Colts in the top five for kicker scoring for three years straight and 5 of the last 7 years.
 Jac Josh Scobee 85 14 100 16 93 14 6.5 14 7.5 15 5.7 18 5.5 4 0.77 0.52 SF 1.41 7.5 10.6 6.0 2
notes misses: 43WL, 42WL, 49WR, 44WR, 38WR
Four of the six teams that have hosted the 49ers have scored in double digits in kicker scoring.
 KC Lawrence Tynes 105 4 120 3 113 4 8.1 4 9.0 5 7.3 7 6.2 9 0.88 0.82 @NYG 0.88 7.3 6.4 7.1 20
notes misses: 32WL, 46B, 44WR, 43WL, 41WR
Dick Vermeil on Tynes' miss last week: "It wasn’t a very good snap; it was not a good snap, not a good field goal snap."
 Mia Olindo Mare 82 18 94 23 88 20 6.3 18 6.8 22 5.9 16 6.2 11 0.89 0.88 NYJ 1.15 6.8 7.8 6.3 4
notes misses: 21WL, 36WL, 31WR, 38WR
Kicking points by the last five teams to host the Jets: 9, 9, 12, 9, & 10 points.
 Min Paul Edinger 82 18 106 11 92 15 6.3 18 9.5 3 3.6 31 7.1 22 0.83 1.02 PIT 1.01 9.5 9.6 6.7 8
notes misses: 33RU, 52WR, 32SH, 33WR, 52SH, 40WR, 32B, 49SH
Edinger's FG percentage is 45.5% on the road and 87.5% at home.
 NE Adam Vinatieri 82 18 98 18 85 25 6.3 18 5.5 30 7.0 9 6.8 19 1.22 1.02 TB 0.62 5.5 3.4 6.6 25
notes misses: 53WL, 37WR, 53WR, 44WL, 45WL, blocked extra point
Vinatieri made 16 FGs at home last year. He has only 6 so far this year.
 NO John Carney 74 28 95 22 80 28 5.7 28 6.8 24 5.0 21 8.5 30 1.50 1.18 CAR 1.16 6.8 7.9 7.1 17
notes misses: 29LU, 32WL, 43WL, 43WR, 47B, 45B, 30WL
Carney scored 11 against the Panthers in the season opener.
 NYG Jay Feely 119 2 137 1 130 2 9.2 2 9.3 4 9.0 1 6.5 15 0.88 1.17 KC 0.82 9.3 7.6 7.8 9
notes misses:  51LU, 28WR, 40WL, 54SH, 45SH, 33RU.  Feely was the top scoring kicker in 2002, which was Michael Vick's second season. Feely could end up number one again this year, which is Eli Manning's second season.
 NYJ Mike Nugent 67 32 82 32 71 32 5.2 32 8.3 8 2.4 32 7.7 27 0.80 1.15 @MIA 0.89 2.4 2.2 6.4 32
notes misses: 28B, 40WR, 48WL, 51WL, 53SH
Nugent now trails Jason Hanson by only two points for the year.
 Oak Sebastian Janikowski 83 16 107 8 89 18 6.4 16 6.0 28 6.7 12 8.3 28 1.32 1.00 CLE 0.92 6.0 5.5 7.3 22
notes misses: 43WL, 50WL, 49LU, 37WL, 45WL, 45LU, 61WR, 29WR
Janikowski's 70.4% on FGs is his worst since his rookie year (68.8%).
 Phi David Akers 82 18 104 14 90 17 6.3 18 7.3 18 5.2 20 6.6 16 0.75 0.88 @STL 1.32 5.2 6.8 6.5 14
notes misses: Akers 49SH, 49WR, 43LU, 60SH, 38WR, 49CR; Simoneau one extra point; France 40B.
For the second straight year, the Eagles have just as many FG attempts from 40+ yards as they do under 40 yards.
 Pit Jeff Reed 91 10 106 11 96 13 7.0 10 7.3 18 6.7 13 6.9 20 0.88 1.01 @MIN 0.83 6.7 5.6 7.0 23
notes misses: 52WL, 46WR, 51SH, 44B, 41WL
Reed has had only two total FG attempts in his last three games.
 SD Nate Kaeding 96 8 105 13 102 8 7.4 8 7.7 12 7.0 9 6.5 14 1.00 0.93 @IND 0.79 7.0 5.5 6.9 21
notes misses: 40B, 42WL, 46WL
The Colts have given up the fewest kicking points in the NFL. Perhaps that's the key to being undefeated?
 Sea Josh Brown 97 7 113 6 110 5 7.5 7 7.6 14 7.3 6 7.6 26 0.80 1.27 @TEN 0.84 7.3 6.2 7.5 15
notes misses:  47WL, 47LU, 51WL, 40WL, 50SH, one extra point blocked
The Titans have held their last three opponents to 5 or fewer kicking points.
 SF Joe Nedney 76 26 85 30 86 24 5.8 26 7.4 16 4.0 28 8.7 32 0.67 1.41 @JAC 0.77 4.0 3.1 7.3 30
notes misses: Nedney 39WL, 52SH; Cortez 34LU
Mike Vanderjagt has averaged 9.0 ppg against the Jaguars this year. All other kickers have averaged 4.8 ppg.
 StL Jeff Wilkins 91 10 97 19 101 9 7.0 10 5.5 30 8.3 3 8.6 31 1.32 1.17 PHI 0.88 5.5 4.8 7.8 28
notes misses: 48WL, 48SH
The Eagles have given up 9.2 kicking ppg to NFC East foes, but only 5.0 ppg to all other kickers.
 TB Matt Bryant / Todd France 80 23 92 25 88 20 6.2 23 4.8 32 7.3 7 6.7 17 1.56 0.62 @NE 1.22 7.3 8.9 6.4 12
notes misses: Bryant 46WR, 52SH, 29WR; France 43B
Bryant kicked last week, and is listed as probable on Wednesday's injury report. France is still on board, just in case Bryant regresses.
 Ten Rob Bironas 88 13 107 8 97 12 6.8 13 8.4 7 4.8 24 7.0 21 0.84 1.25 SEA 1.27 8.4 10.7 6.9 5
notes misses: 47WR, 38WL, 58SH (freekick), 50WR, 51WL, 46WR, missed one extra point
The Seahawks last road game was a shutout. In the two prior road games, the kickers each scored 13 points.
 Was John Hall 76 26 88 28 82 26 5.8 26 7.3 17 4.6 25 6.0 7 0.74 0.82 DAL 0.93 7.3 6.8 5.9 13
notes misses: Hall 52WR, 45WL; Novak 39B, 38B
Kickers have averaged 7.7 ppg when the Cowboys come to town this year.
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 Neil Rackers 1 Josh Scobee
2 Josh Scobee 2 Neil Rackers
3 John Kasay 3 Shayne Graham
4 Olindo Mare 4 Olindo Mare
5 Rob Bironas 5 John Kasay
6 Phil Dawson 6 John Hall
7 Mike Vanderjagt 7 Rob Bironas
8 Paul Edinger 8 Todd Peterson
9 Jay Feely 9 Jeff Reed
10 Kris Brown 10 Matt Stover
11 Matt Stover 11 Phil Dawson
12 Matt Bryant / Todd France 12 Lawrence Tynes
13 John Hall 13 Mike Vanderjagt
14 David Akers 14 Jason Hanson
15 Josh Brown 15 John Carney
16 Jason Hanson 16 Jay Feely
17 John Carney 17 Jason Elam
18 Jason Elam 18 Paul Edinger
19 Shayne Graham 19 Matt Bryant / Todd France
20 Lawrence Tynes 20 David Akers
21 Nate Kaeding 21 Nate Kaeding
22 Sebastian Janikowski 22 Ryan Longwell
23 Jeff Reed 23 Mike Nugent
24 Todd Peterson 24 Kris Brown
25 Adam Vinatieri 25 Jeff Wilkins
26 Rian Lindell 26 Sebastian Janikowski
27 Ryan Longwell 27 Robbie Gould
28 Jeff Wilkins 28 Josh Brown
29 Robbie Gould 29 Adam Vinatieri
30 Joe Nedney 30 Joe Nedney
31 Billy Cundiff 31 Rian Lindell
32 Mike Nugent 32 Billy Cundiff
*** Note: These rankings differ from the official Footballguys.com rankings