Kickin It: The Top 14 Kickers For Week 12
Goddamn, it Greg Zuerlein. He F@#$cked me. But whatever. He should rebound. Otherwise, what a crazy week in the NFL huh? Carson Wentz and The Eagles dismantled the Cowboys. Blair Walsh let down his teammates in the most spectacular way possible. And the Steelers completely dismantled the Titans.
Anyways, it’s time to get down to the important stuff. Just a reminder we’ve got three levels of kickers, FG’s, Touchbackers and Squibs. Good news. This week’s NFL slate seems pretty straightforward. So much so that I’m listing any Squibs! Crazy right?
1. Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams ( vs New Orleans Saints). Last weeks utter clunker aside, this should be one of the most entertaining games of the week. Part of the reason? Neither team has an outstanding defense. Look for the Rams to bounce back offensively this week and Zuerlein to regain top form.
2. Jake Elliot, Philadelphia Eagles (@Chicago Bears). Carson Wentz and that Philly Offense are looking like the real deal. They have the NFL’s best offense and Elliot is benefiting mightly. He’s averaging almost 10 points over his three games, and by all indication is going to be ready to start Sunday.
3. Kai Forbath, Minnesota Vikings (@ Detriot Lions). The one game you’ll want to watch Thanksgiving Thursday. The Vikings D has been dominant this year and should give Case Keenum & Co. plenty of chances to get some points.
4. Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs Green Bay Packers). Simply put, Greenbay has completely collapsed after the collarbone injury to Aaron Rodgers while the Steelers are fighting for the number one seed in the playoffs. I don’t see Brent Hudley being able to do anything here. And considering that Boswell has only dipped into single digits one time at home all season, he remains a strong option here.
5. Josh Lambo, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs Arizona Cardinals). So It’s pretty evident that Lambo might get affected by the weather, considering he had his first miss of the season last week against the Browns. He should get right back on track this week, however, playing against a deserted based Cardinals team that can’t stop a nosebleed
6. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots (vs Miami Dolphins). So umm, The Patriots offense is pretty good no? And Gostkowski is the benefactor. So much so in fact, that he’s on pace to score more points than he ever has in a season. He’s only dipped into the single digits one time on the road, and I don’t see that happening against the lowly Dolphins.
7. Blair Walsh, Seattle Seahawks, (@ San Fransico 49ers). What brutal way to end last week’s game if your Walsh huh? Well, time to put that behind you. The 49ers defense is average 4 points over the last three games, so look for Walsh to get back on track next week.
8. Nick Rose, Washington Redskins (vs New York Giants). If anyone thinks the Giants are going to spring back to life after beating a spiraling Chiefs team (and a franchise who has NEVER beaten the Giants in Jersey) I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Rose has yet to miss a kick this season, and unless it’s supposed to be brutal in D.C. tomorrow, I don’t see that trend changing.
9. Graham Gano (vs New York Jets) Cam Newton is playing great. The Carolina defense is playing great. Greg Olson is coming back and the Jets can’t cover tight ends. All of this adds up to solid out for Gano. start him if you got him.
10. Dan Bailey/ Mike Nugent (vs “LA” Chargers) Shouldn’t matter who starts this one for America’s team. Dallas is coming off a terrible game against divisional rival Philly and will be looking to score. Although this offense isn’t as dynamic without Ezekiel Elliot in the backfield, they can still run and should control the clock here. Look for a decent outing from whichever kicker Dallas goes with.
11.Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints (@ Los Angeles Rams) This might become a shootout. If the Rams bet a big enough lead it could become a game of keep away. My bet is on the former rather than the latter, Lutz should have a good game here.
12. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons (vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers) The Bucs are coming off a dominating win over the Jets, while the Falcons lost last weeks game on a missed field goal. Make no mistake this 2017 team is having a serious Super Bowl Hangover. If Tampa finds a way to replicate the way the got to Josh McCown, look out
13. Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs (vs Buffalo Bills) Coming off an embarrassing game against the Giants, I expect the Chiefs to come out in full force in front of their legendary home crowd. Tyrod Taylor comes in having to prove something of his own, but with that defense, I see the Chiefs offense getting back on track here.
14. Ryan Succop, Tennessee Titans (@ Indianapolis Colts) You know if you look around the web, everyone has Succop doing very well this week. And quite frankly, that’s just something I don’t understand. Tennesse is not that great. Succop’s performance is a total toss up to me this week.