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Week 17 lineup calls: Kickers
Check out the top kickers for Week 17.
(Other than David Akers, Sebastian Janikowski, Billy Cundiff, Garrett Hartley and Mason Crosby)
Matt Bryant vs. Carolina
Bryant has been one of the more consistent options at the position this season. He’s converted at least one field goal in 13 of 15 games with multiple extra points in all but one game (he converted three field goals in the opener against Pittsburgh). Bryant converted four extra points and a field goal in the first meeting with Carolina. I anticipate a big day from the Atlanta offense as they work to close out the top seed.
Lawrence Tynes at Washington
Tynes had converted at least one field goal and one extra point in 11 straight games before last week’s inexplicable performance by the Giants against the Packers (three extra points). He’s on the radar here against the division rival Redskins, against whom he converted four extra points and a field goal in the first meeting.
Adam Vinatieri vs. Tennessee
Peyton Manning’s turnover run ended, thereby putting Vinatieri back onto the radar several weeks ago. In the past three weeks, Vinatieri has converted six field goals and 11 extra points. The Colts close out the season against the Titans. Indianapolis scored 30 points in the first meeting.
Neil Rackers vs. Jacksonville
Rackers has converted at least one field goal and one extra point in all but one game this season. He’s logged multiple field goal conversions in eight games and multiple extra points in 13.
There’s already speculation about the coaching staff for 2011. There are two truths to this 2010 team. They score points, and they give up a lot of points. The Texans score points (23.7 points per game).
Robbie Gould at Green Bay
The Packers are playing for their playoff lives. The Bears may or may not be playing for the No. 1 seed. Regardless, Gould stands tall in this matchup against one of the league’s best defenses. He converted two field goals and two extra points in the Bears’ Week 3 victory over Green Bay. The Chicago offense has been far more efficient and effective in the second half of the season. Gould is a prime play this week.
Josh Brown at Seattle
Brown has quietly posted a phenomenal season for the Rams this season. He’s converted at least one field goal in 14 of 15 games this season, including 12 games with multiple field-goal conversions and a total of 26 extra points.
The Seahawks surrender 26.7 points per game, and I fully expect Sam Bradford and the Rams to shine under the national spotlight. Brown converted two field goals and two extra points in the first meeting.
Connor Barth at New Orleans
The Buccaneers haven’t been world-beating offensively, but they’ve been consistent. Turnovers are rare with Josh Freeman under center, and the running game with LeGarrette Blount has kept Barth active. He’s converted at least one field goal in 12 games this season.
Shaun Suisham at Cleveland
Suisham has converted 12 field goals (multiple conversions in 4-of-5 games) with 14 extra points since joining the Steelers in Week 11. The Cleveland defense has raised some eyebrows with its play this year and sits seventh in total defense (19.4 points allowed per game). I expect the Steelers to move the ball effectively in this game, but for Suisham to finish stalled drives (the Steelers scored 28 points against the Browns in Ben Roethlisberger’s return to the field in Week 6).
Dan Carpenter at New England
Carpenter rebounded from a disastrous Week 15 performance (0-for-4 on field goal attempts) to convert two field goals and three extra points against the Lions. The New England defense has been surging in recent weeks, having allowed seven or fewer points in three of their past four games. Miami’s running attack has been poor this season, with Chad Henne prone to turnovers. I don’t expect a sizable effort from the Miami offense in this one, even if the Patriots choose to rest starters (I suspect they won’t, as this defense has just found its legs).
Rob Bironas at Indianapolis
Bironas has been converting extra points in recent weeks, but his field-goal opportunities have been limited (one in the past three games and three in the past five games).
I’m somewhat worried that we see a repeat of the Week 14 game this week in Tennessee. Bironas converted four extra points as the Titans tried in vain to catch up with the Colts after Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis offense put up a huge first half. Might the Titans need to eschew field-goal attempts while playing catch-up?
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