Charch's Week 4 Kicker Rankings


Through three weeks, no team has allowed more field goals than Minnesota. Next up for them: Matt Prater, fresh from a four-field goal performance against the Falcons. Prater remains perfect on the season. This is particularly amazing because four of his six field goals have been from beyond 50 yards.


Buffalo allowed three field goals for a second consecutive week. Dating back to Week 13 of last season, Buffalo has allowed three field goal attempts in five of eight games. In addition, over that span, every kicker they have faced has been successful on multiple field goals. Matt Bryant sits tied for second in most field goals made and he is perfect on the season.


Ryan Succop added another four field goals this past week, further stretching his league-leading total to ten. He was aided in his quest by facing three solid defenses to start the year. That stretch continues this week as Tennessee travels to Houston. The Texans have allowed touchdowns on only four of nine red zone visits this year. With multiple offensive stall outs pending, Succop’s kicking chances should continue to climb.

Stephen Gostkowski has only five field goals to start the year. Fortunately for him, Tom Brady has supplemented him with eleven extra point attempts. This has allowed him to average 8.3 points per game. Carolina allowed exactly three points each in their first two contests - against cream puffs. Week 3, they faced a legitimate offense and melted down faster than the Wicked Witch of the West. Will Lutz dropped a ten-spot on the Panthers in that game, expect at least as much out of Gostkowski.


Kai Forbath is fortunate that he has been perfect on field goals since arriving in Minnesota back in Week 11 of last season. Now, if we could only do something about the 77% extra point accuracy over that period. Case Keenum looked legit this past weekend, and he should have no trouble moving the ball against a defense that has allowed the eighth-most red zone visits. This will ultimately lead to more attempts for Forbath to get in on the scoring and/or improve his extra point accuracy.


Justin Tucker was a victim of a Flacco-id offense in London. Hopefully, back in the states, his quarterback remembers that the goal of an offense is to move the ball forward and not backwards. Of course, at this point, I’d be happy with Baltimore just getting the ball far enough so that Tucker could at least attempt some 50-yarders. Over his last four meetings with Pittsburgh, Tucker has averaged 9.8 points per game. This will be the game Tucker returns to form.


Will Lutz has three or more field goal attempts in each game this year. This is just the most recent part of a stretch of 11 out of 13 games in which Lutz has attempted multiple field goals. Most of this is attributed to shootouts between New Orleans’ upper-tier scoring offense and their dumpster fire defense. Miami isn’t exactly an elite offense, but against these ham-and-eggers, they are solid enough to turn this into a shootout as well. Through their first contests, Miami has allowed five field goal attempts, expect a similar two or three attempts this time as well.


Thanks mostly to ineptitude on offense, Graham Gano ranks third in field goal attempts and second in field goal makes. This past week was the first game in his last seven contests where he has not been given at least three field goal attempts. Meanwhile, no team is allowing more points per game than the Patriots. When the Panthers inevitably stall out this week, Gano will be waiting as the primary catalyst for their scoring once again.


Even weighing into account their miraculous six-points allowed performance last week against the Dolphins, the Jets rank eighth-worst in points allowed per game. Prior to that aberration, the Prop-Planes had allowed 33 points per game in their first two contests. Despite his strong showing in London, I’m not ready to believe that Blake Bortles is back just yet. Nevertheless, Jacksonville will still score a bunch this week, and Jason Myers will be front and center in that output. He has posted double-digit points in two of his first three games and I’d expect similar this time out.


Chicago has allowed an average of nine points per game to opposing kickers over the first three weeks. This is a little higher than Mason Crosby’s 6.3 points per game. Of course, Crosby has only been allotted four field goal attempts so far. Compare that to the six attempts he got in two games against Chicago last year. The Bears’ defense is better than last years’ version, especially in the red zone, where they have the eighth-best opponent red zone touchdown percentage. Perhaps, they will keep the Packers to field goals too?


Cody Parkey (and the rest of the Dolphins) laid caviar last week against the Jets. Going into that game, the Jets had allowed 33 points per game, which then, was the worst in the league. This week the Dolphins face the Saints, who are now ranked third-worst in points allowed (including ten points per game to opposing kickers). Could they possibly post a face plant in back-to-back weeks? Not likely. Parkey scored 13 points in his only other start of the season. I think that is closer to the Parkey we will see this week.


The Colts have allowed 90 points through the first three weeks. That isn’t very good. Zane Gonzalez was held to four extra points in Week 3. Before that, Indy had allowed 24 kicker points in their first two games. Blair Walsh still is not very reliable, but neither is the Seattle offense. They have scored touchdowns on only four of nine red zone visits. Seattle should have a little more success against this defense, but not enough to devalue Walsh.


The Rams have allowed 21 points to opposing kickers over the first three weeks. In addition, they have allowed multiple field goal attempts in each game. Dan Bailey loves kicking at home. Dating back to the start of 2016, Bailey is averaging 9.3 points per game at home in regular season starts.


Brandon McManus likes kicking versus the Raiders. In five career starts, McManus is averaging 9.4 points per game against them. Meanwhile, Oakland has allowed an average of nine points per game to opposing kickers through the first three weeks. Do the math, and cash those checks.


As we all predicted coming into the season, the Los Angeles Rams lead the league in scoring and total touchdowns. Even with all the touchdowns, Greg Zuerlein is still getting a healthy dose of field goal attempts. Zuerlein has multiple successful attempts each game, and he is averaging 11 points per game. Dallas has not allowed more than one attempt in any of their games, but they haven’t faced an offensive juggernaut (cough, cough) like the Rams yet.