Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Division's kickers are killing it
By Paul Kuharsky
Long distance field-goal attempts are finding their way through the uprights at a fantastic rate.
Mark Simon of ESPN Stats & Information says overall field-goal attempts are being converted at nearly 86 percent, which would break the season record of 84.5 in 2008.
The NFL success rate on field-goal attempts of 40 to 49 yards this season is 78.0 percent, a rate that would be better than the current mark of 74.5 percent set in 2008.
And the success rate on kicks of 50 yards or more is 71.4 percent.
According to Simon, if kickers maintain their current success rate and pace (45 field goals of 50+ yards in 116 games), it’s possible for there to be 100 field goals made from at least 50 yards this season. The current pace would produce 99. That would shatter the current mark of 66 makes from 50-plus yards set in 2008.
The AFC South fraternity of kickers is doing its part to contribute to the big numbers.
- Jacksonville’s Josh Scobee is 9-for-9 on attempts of 40 yards or longer (including 5-for-5 from 50-plus)
- Tennessee’s Rob Bironas is 4-for-5 from 40 yards or longer (including 2-for-3 from 50-plus)
- Indianapolis’ Adam Vinatieri is 4-for-6 from 40 or longer (including 2-for-3 from 50-plus)
- Houston’s Neil Rackers is 2-for-4 (including 1-for-1 from 50-plus)
That’s 19-for-24 combined, a rate of 79.2.
Not too shabby.
Simon said historically percentages don't drop off, though I would think some cold-weather games would make it more difficult to maintain the pace. But only six of the AFC South's remaining 33 games look to have a chance of being played in real winter weather.