Words by Daniel House, Rankings by Paul Charchian
1. Stephen Gostkowski vs. MIA - 10
Halloween is right around the corner and it is time for my yearly rant about the holiday. A night that honors monsters who cover themselves with sheets has to be the most stupid thing ever. Like it’s actually real? The only Ghost I like kicks for the New England Patriots.
Stephen Gotskowski has posted consecutive field goal attempts in five straight games. There is no kicker that has been more consistent or accurate than Gostkowski. He hasn’t missed any field goals (15) or extra points (24). That’s a huge accomplishment in a Patriots offense that has scored the most touchdowns per game. After surrendering multiple attempts in each of the first four games, Miami has allowed just one field goal try over the last two contests. However, they’ll need to be staunch against a high-powered New England offense. What’s more, Stephen Gostkowski has tallied two or more field goals in each of his last four matchups with the ‘Phins.
2. Chandler Catanzaro @ CLE – 9.75
I’m going to dress up as a Browns fan for Halloween! Best of all, my costume won't cost anything. I just need to find a paper bag.. Just two other defensive units have surrendered more attempts (16) to opposing kickers than the Cleveland Browns. This includes a whopping eight tries over the last two weeks of play. This is stupendous news for Chandler Catanzaro, who has accumulated three attempts in each of the last two games. He hasn’t been particularly accurate in this stretch, missing at least one kick in those contests. However, they all came on long attempts over 45 yards in length. Nonetheless, Catanzaro’s high volume of attempts, combined with Cleveland’s struggles against kickers, leave plenty of optimism surrounding the prospects of this matchup.
3. Josh Lambo @ BAL – 9.75
Lambo-gini is squaring off with the league’s worst defense against the kicker. The Ravens have allowed three or more tries in four consecutive games, including four attempts each in three of those matchups. What’s more, Lambo has notched four consecutive multiple field goal performances, missing just one kick over that stretch. The Chargers offense has been a tidal wave and has been significantly worse on the road. They’ve scored touchdowns on just 40% of their possessions away from home and that’s where Lambo has been cashing in like little kids candy hunting on Halloween.
4. Steven Hauschka @ DAL – 9.5
Steven Hauschka is one of just five kickers to perform perfectly in 2015. Only three kickers have attempted more field goals than Hauschka. He’s notched multiple attempt performances in four of his last five matchups and has added a least two extra points in all of those games. More importantly, the Cowboys defense has surrendered two or more attempts in three consecutive contests. The Dallas defense is allowing touchdowns in the red zone on just 50% of opposing trips and it’s led to an increase in total field goal attempts for kickers.
5. Justin Tucker vs. SD – 9.25
Only Cairo Santos has attempted more field goals than Justin Tucker this season. Last week’s matchup was the first contest Tucker didn’t notch at least two or more field goals. However, Baltimore’s offense has been anemic in the red zone on a consistent basis. They’ve scored touchdowns inside the 20-yard line at a measly 50% clip. That’s directly correlated to Tucker’s recent success. What’s more, San Diego has surrendered two or more field goals in three of their last four games. Finally, opponents are scoring red zone touchdowns against the San Diego defense on just 44% of their trips – the seventh-lowest mark.
6. Brandon McManus vs. GB – 9.25
Just one kicker has tallied more total attempts than Brandon McManus. He’s notched 11 tries over his last three contests and his workload has increased in a Denver offense that has lacked touchdown punch. Not to mention, Green Bay has allowed a three field-goal-per-game average over the last two contests. Furthermore, the Packers have the eight-best opponent red zone touchdown allowance percentage (47%). McManus has missed just one kick this season and his statistics have been dynamite at home over the last two seasons. He’s missed just two kicks in his nine total home games at Mile High.
7. Nick Folk @ OAK – 9.25
Nick Folk has notched three or more attempts in each of his last three contests. However, he has missed two kicks over that stretch. He’s getting a high volume of tries, but has been very inconsistent. Nonetheless, Oakland has allowed the third-most total attempts, including two or more tries in six consecutive contests. Opponents are scoring touchdowns in the red zone at the ninth-lowest percentage (47%) and it’s led to a plethora of attempts from opposing kickers. As of late, Folk might be slightly inaccurate, but he’s getting chances and that’s all you can ask for.
8. Josh Brown @ NO - 9
Josh Brown has notched the fourth-most attempts (15) and hasn’t missed a kick this season. He’s tallied multiple field goal performances in two of his last three contests, and the Giants offense has yet to be efficient in the red zone, with the fourth-worst offensive touchdown percentage (39%). What’s more, the Saints have allowed two or more field goals in four of their last six contests. They’ve also surrendered three or more extra points in every game but two this season.
9. Mason Crosby @ DEN – 8.75
Ahhhhh, Sunday night football for Green Bay fans! An additional seven hours for the Packer faithful to "prep" for the game at home. They’ll start "warming up" the sinks at the start of the first quarter. As the Packers offense has been so efficient, it has resulted in less field goal tries for Mason Crosby. Nonetheless, he’s notched two attempts per game in two his last three contests. What’s more, the Broncos have surrendered three field goals in two of the last three games.
10. Cairo Santos vs. DET – 8.75
Cairo Santos has attempted the league-most 19 field goals and is averaging three or more tries per game over his last four contests. What’s more, It’s safe to say the Motor City Kitties defense isn’t finding the litter box. They’ve been soiling the Ford Field carpet as they’ve dealt with kickers. Only two teams have allowed more attempts (16) than the Lions defense. This includes a whopping nine tries over the last two weeks of play. Kansas City hasn’t scored over 25 points in any of their last four contests and Santos has been the most reliable offensive weapon on the team.
11. Matt Bryant vs. TB – 8.5
Another week, another cream puff opponent for the Falcons, yet their offense hasn't been as productive as we've expected. Matt Bryant has notched six attempts over the last three contests. He’s directly benefited from Atlanta’s offensive struggles inside the red zone. Over the last three games, they’ve scored touchdowns inside the 20-yard at a meager 50% clip. What’s more, Tampa Bay has surrendered at least one field goal try in every game but one this season.
12. Adam Vinatieri @ CAR – 8.25
Right now, the Colts are arguably the biggest upper management dumpster fire in the league. Nothing is going right and it's even rubbed off on veteran Adam Vinatieri. Vinatieri hasn’t notched any attempts in three weeks, but had consecutive multiple field goal performances two weeks prior to his recent drought. Vinatieri has a favorable matchup on the docket as he squares off against a Panthers defense that has allowed the fifth-most attempts (14) this season. Carolina has surrendered three or more tries in each of their last three contests and opponents are scoring touchdowns in the red zone at a lousy 47% clip.
13. Blair Walsh @ CHI – 8.25
After having the hebbie-jebbies earlier in the season, it seems like Blair Walsh has spooked them out of his body (and perhaps into the body of Greg Zuerlein). Walsh has quietly accumulated the third-most attempts (16), including a whopping five last week. Over his last three games, he’s accumulated 11 tries, missing just one kick in that process. More importantly, the Bears have surrendered multiple attempt performances in four consecutive contests. Finally, Walsh has notched two or more field goals in each of his last four matchups with the Bears.
14. Robbie Gould vs. MIN – 8.25
Robbie Gould has notched three or more field goals in every game but one. Not to mention, he has yet to miss a kick in the 2015 campaign. The Vikings are allowing roughly two field goals per game in each of their last three contests and notoriously lay a big egg at Solider Field. Finally, the Bears have the seventh-worst red zone touchdown percentage (44%) and it’s led to Gould being one of their lone forms of offensive production.
15. Dan Bailey vs. SEA – 8.0
I notice Greg Hardy didn’t try to mess with Dan Bailey. He knew that he’d lay the hammer down and he didn’t want to expose himself to a kicker's wrath. We reached the conclusion that Dan Bailey is a bad ass, but how is the kicker looking? Despite the Dallas offensive struggles, Bailey has tallied two or more field goal tries in each of his last three contests. This week, he squares off with a Seahawks defense that is allowing just one field goal attempt per game over their last three contests. Nonetheless, with Matt Cassel running the show the Dallas offense is going to rely more on the leg of Dan Bailey.
Travis Coons vs. ARZ
Travis Coons’ last name reminds me of a time I dressed up as a hillbilly and wore a raccoon fur on my head for a musical. I looked like a real tool, but rest assured, Travis isn’t one. Coons has quietly accumulated the fifth-most attempts (14), including two or more in three of his last four contests. What’s more, the Cardinals have surrendered five tries over the last two weeks and Coons has yet to miss a kick this season.