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|Thanks in part to the difficulty of kicking at Lambeau Field, the Packers have stuck by Mason Crosby.|
"One of the main metrics used to evaluate and compare kickers is their overall field goal make percentage. This statistic is based on the assumption that better kickers make a higher percentage of their field goal attempts. What this statistic misses, however, is that not all field goal attempts are created equal. Some analyses will account for make percentage at different distances, but as our model shows, not even all field goal attempts of the same distance are created equal. The likelihood that a field goal attempt will be successful, as indicated by our model, is related to the attempt difficulty. A higher likelihood of success means a lower difficulty, and vice versa. By evaluating kicker accounting for the difficulty of their attempts, we can get an unbiased perspective on the kicker's skill."