From this second ahead, Week 5 shall be remembered because the week all of the kicks have been missed. One minute a slew of game-winning subject objectives — together with Justin Tucker‘s NFL-record 66-yarder in Week 3 — have been making certain kickers obtained their flowers, the subsequent they could not appear to purchase a make.
To be clear, Tucker obtained out of the Baltimore Ravens‘ Monday Evening Soccer matchup with the Indianapolis Colts unscathed … as a result of he is Justin Tucker. However Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship wasn’t as fortunate.
Blankenship’s identify obtained added to the listing of kickers who fell prey to the Week 5 curse when he delivered the thirteenth missed further level of the week.
Rodrigo Blankenship’s missed PAT on #MondayNightFootball was the thirteenth miss throughout the NFL this week
That’s the most missed PAT in a single week within the Tremendous Bowl period
Additionally it is the twenty fifth missed kick in whole this week (incl. 12 missed FG), most in per week since Week 11, 1987
— NFL Analysis (@NFLResearch) October 12, 2021
Not lengthy after the above was tweeted, Blankenship missed a 47-yard subject objective try on the ultimate play of regulation (the thirteenth failed subject objective of the week), bringing the grand tally to 26 muffed kicks since Thursday.
The inflow of misses marks the primary week with at the very least 10 missed subject objectives and at the very least 10 missed further factors for the reason that level after landing was moved again from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line in 2015.
It began when Los Angeles Rams kicker Matt Gay missed an additional level on his group’s first landing in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks throughout Thursday Evening Soccer. Issues went downhill shortly from there.
On Sunday morning, the unhealthy juju continued in London when New York Jets kicker Matt Ammendola missed an extra-point try on the Jets’ first landing of the day of their early loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Then, on Sunday afternoon, Week 5 caught up with Mason Crosby. The Green Bay Packers‘ kicker entered the matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals having made 27 straight subject objectives. Week 5 appeared to take that personally as Crosby missed three essential subject objectives and an additional level earlier than finally making the game-winner.
With Inexperienced Bay and Cincinnati tied at 22 with 2:12 left, Crosby shanked a 36-yarder huge left. The Bengals then drove into subject objective vary for their very own go-ahead subject objective try, however in a surprising flip of occasions, Evan McPherson’s 57-yard try additionally resulted in a miss.
After a fast strike from Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams, the Packers as soon as once more put Crosby in place to be the hero. Conversely, he missed from 51 yards away to ship the sport into additional time.
WE’RE GOING TO OT IN CINCY.
— NFL (@NFL) October 10, 2021
In additional time, the Packers intercepted Joe Burrow to arrange one other profitable subject objective probability for Crosby. To the shock of completely nobody studying this, he missed. That gave Cincinnati’s McPherson one other probability on the game-winner. One which he, too, missed.
It hit the flag?!
— NFL (@NFL) October 10, 2021
Crosby finally redeemed himself with a 49-yard subject objective to offer the Packers the win.
However the collective kicking woes hardly stopped there.
The Los Angeles Chargers managed to tug out a win over the Cleveland Browns; nevertheless, it was hardly due to stellar kicking. Tristan Vizcaino missed a pair of additional factors, together with one that will have tied the sport at 42 after Austin Ekeler took a display cross to the home with simply over three minutes left. Vizcaino has now missed 4 further factors on the season.
In step with the theme, the New England Patriots‘ shut win over the Houston Texans featured three missed further factors in a row. The Texans’ Ka’imi Fairbairn missed the PAT on his group’s first rating, and Patriots kicker Nick Folk answered with a missed PAT of his personal on the Patriots’ first landing. When Houston responded with one other landing, Fairbairn missed one other further level. You may’t make these items up, people.
Elsewhere, Cody Parkey of the New Orleans Saints missed an additional level after a landing by Alvin Kamara in opposition to the Washington Soccer Workforce and Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Matthew Wright missed the additional level on the Jaguars’ first landing of the day.
Can not help questioning if the phrase “missed” has ever been used extra steadily in a narrative. Additionally, on a barely unrelated observe, that issues can solely get higher from right here for beleaguered kickers all over the place.