As we head into the depths of December, weather and surroundings play a key factor for selecting a kicker. You'll notice several players this week that are selected due to playing in a dome, or in a warm weather environment.
1. Stephen Gostkowski vs. SF
With all of the above being said, the first kicker I select will be booting the ball outside, at night in Boston. Way to go Mat. The Ghost is automatic right now though. The dude has converted 33 extra points in the last six games. That's twice as many as Ryan Succop (the Chiefs kicker) has made in 13 games. That is all.
2. Sebastian Janikowski vs. KC
SeaBass kicks in the "friendly" confines of Oakland Coliseum this weekend against a Chiefs squad that has given up at least three field goals in a game seven times this season. More than half of the time, a kicker against the Chiefs gets a minimum of nine points. That's wild. Almost as wild as Janikowski who has only missed one kick in the last seven weeks.
3. Shayne Graham vs. IND
Shayne Graham's offense didn't do him any favors last week as the Texans were down four touchdowns before halftime, which basically eliminated his foot from the game. Houston is back at home and looking for payback against a Colts team that has allowed multiple field goal attempts in each of the last seven games and gave up seven field goals in the last two weeks.
4. Matt Bryant vs. NYG
I support Matt Bryant in every way, except for the amount of "t's" in his name. The Falcons kicker has been as solid as they come this year, scoring nine or more points in nine contests. This week he's in the Georgia Dome kicking against his first NFL team, the Giants. New York has given up a field goal in every game but one this season as most teams haven't had a problem moving the ball in the air against them.
5. Lawrence Tynes at ATL
Also appearing for one day only in the Georgia Dome will be Lawrence Tynes, the top scoring kicker in the NFL. Tynes has made at least one field goal in every game this season and booted seven extra points against the Saints last weekend. He's attempted and made more field goals than any other kicker in the league, so you can't really go wrong with Tynes.
6. Nick Novak vs. CAR
Sunny San Diego. Drink it in. I believe that the name is German for "a great spot for kickers," but I could be wrong. It does look inviting for Nick Novak this weekend as the Chargers host the Panthers. Carolina has allowed the third-most points and the most field goals to opposing kickers this season. A "bend but don't break" defense will do that for you, and it should help Novak this weekend.
7. Shaun Suisham at DAL
Sweezey visits Dallas this week in a stadium that is simply a $1 billion poorly constructed domed stadium with a hole in the roof. Provided that a swift downward breeze doesn't cause problems, Suisham should be alright against a Cowboys squad that has given up big numbers to kickers in each of the last four weeks, including four field goals to Josh Brown last week in Cincy. Sweezey hasn't missed a kick since Week 6.
8. Dan Carpenter vs. JAC
If Jesus was a carpenter, and Carpenter is a kicker, was Jesus a kicker? It's pretty deep I know, but while you crunch on that though, you should know that Dan Carpenter is doing alright. He's only missed one kick since Week 6, it's almost like some sort of intervention. This week he hosts a Jacksonville team that has given up multiple field goal attempts in every game but last week's game against the Jets.
9. Connor Barth at NO
Last week I put Connor Barth on this list, but called him Connor Barf. He repaid me with zero field goals. I'm sorry Mr. Barth. You deserve better, like a trip to the Superdome to face the Saints. New Orleans has allowed multiple field goal attempts in six of their last seven games, which sure beats the zero that Mr. Barth posted last week.
10. Dan Bailey vs. PIT
Mix Dan Bailey with a little bit of coffee on a Sunday morning and enjoy, because he's now converted all ten of his field goal attempts over the last five weeks. Bailey is proving to be an accurate kicker in his second season in Dallas, making 25 of 27 field goals overall. This week he faces a Pittsburgh squad that has given up exactly two field goals to each of the last seven kickers they've faced.
11. Jay Feely vs. DET
12. Josh Scobee at MIA
13. Steven Hauschka at BUF (in Toronto)
14. Greg Zuerlein vs. MIN
15. Blair Walsh at STL