Week 14 kicker rankings

Week 14 kicker rankings

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1. Matt Bryant at CAR

Despite the offense slowing down a touch in Atlanta, Matt Bryant has still had multiple field goal attempts in each of the last seven games, including three in each of the last three games. He faces a Panthers team that has allowed multiple field goal attempts and at least one extra point in every single game this season. They're tied with their expansion brothers the Jacksonville Jaguars for most points allowed to kickers this season.

2. Lawrence Tynes vs. NO

Lawrence Tynes has made more field goals than 30 kickers have attempted. It's no wonder Tynes leads all kickers in points and three field goals against the Redskins last week just extended that lead. He faces a Saints club this weekend that has allowed the fourth-most extra points in the NFL and has yielded three field goal attempts in each of the last two weeks.

3. David Akers vs. MIA

The pressure is on David Akers. He's now 7-for-16 in kicks of 40 or more yards and the 49ers brought in Nate Kaeding and Billy Cundiff in for a tryout last week. But last year's points leader is a pro, still has the job and should have no problem with the pressure put on him by the coaching staff. I'm predicting great success for Akers this week against a Miami club that has allowed double digit points to four of the last five kickers they've faced.

4. Matt Prater at OAK

Matt Prater and the Broncos visit the Black Hole on Thursday night, which is fitting because black holes are known for suction. The suction must be coming from right behind the goal posts, because the Raiders have allowed the third-most points to opposing kickers and the most PATs. Let's hope Prater brings some of the mile high elevation with him to Oakland so he can boot through a few long ones.

5. Connor Barf vs. PHI

I shouldn't poke fun, because Connor Barth has now tallied double digit points in five of his last six games and has now scored the fifth-most points among kickers. Then there's the fact that the Bucs host the travelling meltdown known as the Philadelphia Eagles. Over the last five weeks the Eagles have not allowed more than one field goal attempt, but they have allowed four PATs or more in four of five games.

6. Justin Tucker at WAS

The best rookie kicker of the year doesn't get as much pub as he should. Justin Tucker is tied for fifth (with Connor Barf) in points among kickers. However, Tucker is the only kicker in with more than 100 points who has over a 90 percent field goal conversion (he's at 92.3%). This week Tucker heads to Washington, at team that has allowed multiple field goals in six of their last seven games.

7. Stephen Gostkowski vs. HOU

The Ghost makes his money by booting extra points, as he's now made 50 this season. He's made ten more PATs than any other player in the universe. He's made 27 of them in just the last five weeks. That's ridiculous. Who's going to stop these Patriots? The Texans? Hell no! Houston has given up over 30 points twice in the last three weeks (and those were to the Jaguars and Lions!). They're not stopping Tom Brady, not one little bit.

8. Kai Forbath vs. BAL

Kai Forbath is the only kicker in the NFL who has played at least seven games and not missed a kick as of yet. It's harder to miss when you're only attempting one per week, as Forbath has in each of the last three weeks, but the 11 PATs he kicked over that same time frame are a lovely parting gift. This week he faces a weird Ravens defense that has allowed double digit points to kickers in half of their games. I like those odds.

9. Rob Bironas at IND

I'm not sure if I'm surprised that Rob Bironas is on the list or why he's been off this list for so many consecutive weeks. While the Titans offense is not quite surging, they've got a little swagger with a new OC and Bironas has had 13 points in two of the last three weeks. This week some dome cooking for Bironas in Indy, as he faces a Colts team that just allowed Jason Hanson to kick four field goals and three PATs last week.

10. Dan Bailey at CIN

The Dallas offense is working a bit better right now, which is really good for Dan Bailey. The Cowboys kicker has scored eight or more points in six of his last eight games, including seven field goals in the last three weeks. The Bengals employ a bend but don't break defense that is good for kickers. Cincy has allowed at least one field goal in every game this season.

Other options…

11. Blair Walsh vs. CHI

12. Adam Vinatieri vs. TEN

13. Phil Dawson vs. KC

14. Jason Hanson at GB

15. Mason Crosby vs. DET

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