Wednesday, October 20, 2010
AFC East got its kicks in Week 6
Before we turn our full attention to Week 7, let's stop for a few moments and consider how great Sunday was for the AFC East's foot practitioners.
All three kickers made critical kicks, with two of them winning games in sudden death.
All three punters had nice afternoons, with two of them making influential overtime punts.
It should also be noted in each case the punter acts as his team's holder on field goals.
The Buffalo Bills were on their bye week, and they have one of the league's best kicker-punter combos in Rian Lindell and Brian Moorman.
New England Patriots
In overtime, Zoltan Mesko boomed a 65-yarder AdvancedNFLStats.com calls the punt of the year. The Patriots were on their own 16, but Mesko's leg flipped the field, putting the Baltimore Ravens on their own 19-yard line.
On the Patriots' next possession, Stephen Gostkowski ended the game with a 35-yard field goal. Gostkowski forced overtime with a 24-yard field goal inside the final two minutes of regulation.
In overtime, Brandon Fields punted 50 yards, and the Green Bay Packers committed an illegal block on the return to pin them at their own 16.
On the Dolphins' next possession, Dan Carpenter won it with a 44-yard field goal. Carpenter made two field goals in regulation from a career-long 53 yards and 41 yards.
New York Jets
Nick Folk kicked a club-record 56-yard field goal in a victory over the Denver Broncos, who got a 59-yard field goal from Matt Prater. It was the first game in NFL history opposing kickers each made a field goal from at least 55 yards.
Jets punter Steve Weatherford posted a 48.6-yard average and skied one for a fair catch at the Broncos' 6-yard line early in the fourth quarter. After a three-and-out series for the Broncos, the Jets needed only five plays to score the tying touchdown on their next drive.