Written and Ranked by Daniel House
1. Stephen Gostkowski vs. BUF
Is it legitimately possible to have man crushes on three players from the same team? I think it is -- Gronk, Brady, and the Ghost are all logical choices. Stephen Gostkowski has notched the fifth-most attempts (21) this season. He doesn’t hold the top spot, but his consistency is unparalleled. He’s tallied multiple field goal performances in eight consecutive contests. Not to mention, Buffalo has surrendered at least one attempt in every game but one. Finally, he has corralled the second-most extra point tries (36) and is averaging over three per game. When you combine that output with his consistent field goal production, you can’t help but have a man-crush on another Patriots player.
2. Justin Tucker vs. STL
Justin Tucker has accumulated the second-most attempts of any kicker. Not to mention, he’s booted six field goals over the last two weeks. The Ravens have a 55% red zone touchdown scoring percentage and that’s led to more total attempts for Tucker. What’s more, St. Louis has allowed the fourth-most (21) field goals. More importantly, they surrendered multiple tries for the fourth consecutive week. This includes five attempts over the last two weeks of play. The Ravens offense has been bad and the only person that seems to be somewhat reliable is Tucker.
3. Stephen Hauschka vs. SF
Pete Carroll’s offensive efficiency looks like his gum after he’s chewed it for two minutes. However, that’s helped Stephen Haushcka. He’s booted the fifth-most attempts (21) this season. As the Seattle offense has struggled, Haushcka notched multiple field goal performances in four consecutive weeks. The Seahawks have the lowest red zone touchdown scoring percentage (35%) and it’s led to a significant rise in his attempts. Hauschka has missed just one try this year and his accuracy has been pinpoint. What’s more, San Francisco has surrendered two or more field goals in six consecutive contests.
4. Matt Bryant vs. IND
Matt Bryant has tallied seven field goals over the last three weeks and has missed just three kicks this season. Only three teams have a lower red zone scoring percentage than the Falcons and it will continue to translate to more tries for Bryant. What’s more, Indianapolis is averaging about two attempts allowed per week. Not to mention, they’ve surrendered two or more tries in every game but one. Matty Ice is living up to his nickname and it’s led to their offense relying on field goals to stay in the game.
5. Dan Bailey @ MIA
The Cowboys quarterback situation has led to more attempts for Dan Bailey. He has notched the sixth-most tries (19) and has corralled multiple field goal performances in six consecutive matchups. More importantly, the Dolphins have surrendered two or more field goals in two of the last three contests. In three of the last five games Bailey’s leg been the only form of scoring for the Cowboys offense. Tony Romo returns this week, but he’ll still be shaking off the rust at this point.
6. Sebastian Janikowski @ DET
The Sebass is like the guy on the Bachelor that doesn’t get attention, but squeaks out a rose at the end. Jankowski’s production certainly has taken a hit as the Raiders have the sixth-best red zone scoring percentage. They’ve been very consistent in the red zone as an offense, so Sebass has been blanked two consecutive weeks. Nonetheless, he previously had six consecutive weeks with two or more field goals. What’s more, Detroit has allowed the sixth-most attempts, including eight over the last three weeks. Their defense beat the Packers last week, but that was a fluke.
7. Cairo Santos @ SD
No kicker has attempted more field goals (26) than Cairo Santos this season. He attempted a gargantuan six tries last week against Denver. Not to mention, he is averaging nearly four attempts per game over his last three contests. San Diego has surrendered the fifth-most field goals (20) to opposing kickers. More importantly, they’ve allowed ten tries over the last three contests. The Chiefs have relied on field goals to compete and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Especially when you are running Alex Smith out there every week.
8. Graham Gano vs. WSH
Graham Gano has tallied the third-most field goals (22) of any kicker. He’s notched two or more attempts in four consecutive matchups and hasn’t been missing kicks. What’s more, Washington has allowed two or more field goals in four of their last five contests.
Carolina has an impressive 60% red zone scoring mark, but Gano has still found his share of opportunities. Cam Newton won’t offend any soccer moms this week. However, I wonder whether she could find anything offensive about Graham Gano’s field goal kicking celebrations. Holster guns are educational, right?
9. Chandler Catanzaro vs. CIN
Chandler Catanzaro has notched the sixth-most attempts of any kicker. He’s notched two or more tries in each of the last four contests. He’s missed two kicks over that span, but added four extra points in each of those games. In addition, Cincinnati has allowed just one field goal per game over the last three weeks. Even if he’s had accuracy problems, the Cardinals offense has still been efficient. No kicker has accumulated more extra points (36) than Catanzaro and that’s enough to offset any deficiencies.
10. Brandon McManus @ CHI
Despite tallying just three tries over the last two weeks, Brandon McManus has still accumulated the fifth-most attempts (20). The Bears have allowed the fifth-most field goals (20), while surrendering two or more tries in seven consecutive contests. Nationwide was not on Peyton Manning’s side as he suffered a plantar fascia injury a few weeks ago. The keys have been handed to Brock Osweiler and he’ll sing the chicken parmesan song for awhile. These developments will force the Broncos offense to be less efficient. McManus’ duties should be maximized as Denver already has the sixth-lowest red zone scoring percentage (45%).
11. Blair Walsh vs. GB
The Vikings have grown up and might have a chance to beat up the big brother that has been so mean to them over the years. The Packers are struggling and the Green Bay Twitter timelines are like tumbleweed floating through the desert. Blair Walsh is quietly tied for the league-most attempts (26) and he’s flourished as the Vikings offense has floundered in the red zone. The Vikings have the lowest red zone scoring percentage (33%) over the last three weeks. Not to mention, he’s attempted a whopping 15 field goals over the last four contests. What’s more, Green Bay has surrendered the sixth-most attempts, including multiple attempt performances over the last five contests.
12. Mason Crosby @ MIN
The ball that came off Mason Crosby’s leg during the game-winning attempt looked like a Tim Wakefield knuckeball. That baby had so much rotation as it froze the eyes of the Packer fans at Lambeau. The Lions tried to serve the game on a platter, but they somehow managed to get the cheese-covered monkey off their back. Despite losing three consecutive games, the Packers have the fourth best red zone scoring percentage (63%). That’s why Mason Crosby has attempted just three kicks over the last three contests. However, Minnesota has allowed eight attempts over the last three games. The Packers will need points and the Vikings are allowing the fewest of any defense in the league.
13. Dan Carpenter @ NE
Rex Ryan has his favorite matchup of the season and he’ll certainly act like it means absolutely nothing again. However, it’s like the cheese in Easy Mac – we know it’s fake. After being relatively nondescript over the first quarter of the season, Dan Carpenter has found a rhythm. He’s attempted a trio of field goals in two of the last three contests. In addition, the Patriots defense has surrendered five tries over the last two weeks. More importantly, Buffalo has scored touchdowns in the red zone a league-low 33% percent of the time over the last three weeks.
14. Mike Nugent @ ARZ
The Red Rifle was jammed against the Texans and J.J. Watt let everyone know what happened. That BB gun wasn’t going to get the job done. However, it didn’t effect Mr. Mike Nugent. He still has attempted two or more field goals in four of his last five contests. He’s missed just one kick over that stretch and has developed more accuracy as the season has progressed. On average, Arizona is allowing just one field goal per game over the last three contests. However, they’ve surrendered multiple attempt performances in two of their last four matchups.
15. Caleb Sturgis vs. TB
In four of his first five games since replacing Cody Parkey, Caleb Sturgis has corralled two or more field goals. He’s averaging almost three tries per game and has missed just two kicks thus far. More importantly, over the last three matchups, Tampa Bay has allowed a total of nine field goals. In addition, the Bucs have the fifth-lowest red zone touchdown scoring percentage (44%) this season. Sam Bradford is out for a few weeks and that means #ButtFumble will be holding down the fort. Sturgis’ services will be in full use as the Eagles endure this quarterback change in their system.
Matt Prater vs. OAK
Due to the Lions being behind nearly every game, Matt Prater has kicked just 10 field goals this season. He missed two extra points last week and nearly handed the game to the Packers in the process. However, he made both of his field goal attempts and is averaging close to two field goals per game. What’s more, only one team has allowed more field goals (27) than the Oakland Raiders. They’ve allowed two or more field goals in every game this season, including nine over the last two weeks.