Archive for September 17th, 2018

19 Missed Kicks In Week 2, Browns & Vikings Bad Kicking Days, Davis Retires At Halftime, Fitzpatrick Channels McGregor


In week two of the NFL, we saw 19 missed field goals and point after touchdowns. Nineteen misses in one day!  In one particular matchup, the Cleveland Browns had an opportunity to finally win a game, but their kicker Zane Gonzalez (who had already missed an extra point earlier in the game and who heartbreakingly missed a game-winning field goal last week), missed again. To add insult to injury, Gonzalez had a chance to tie the game a few plays later but missed a field goal, and the New Orleans Saints took the win. The Browns haven’t won a game since December 24th, 2016. Saints 21, Browns 18.

As depressing as the day was for Zane, the Minnesota Vikings rookie Daniel Carlson’s day was worse. Carlson missed all three field goals including two in overtime which could have given the Vikings a win over the Green Bay Packers. The Green Bay Packers might have won the game in regulation play (instead of tying in overtime) if it wasn’t for a confusing roughing the passer call on Packer’s linebacker Clay Matthews that negated a potentially game-ending interception by Packers’ cornerback Jaire Alexander. According to Matthews, “You see how it changed the game. I know there’s an emphasis on protecting quarterbacks, but it’s gotten out of control.” Vikings 29, Packers 29.

One of the oddest occurrences during the day on Sunday was when Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis played in the first half of the game, went into the locker room at halftime and retired from football.  It’s Vontae’s 10th season in the NFL and first with the Bills. After the game, Bills’ Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander reacted by saying he’s never seen anything like it and called it “disrespectful”.

Backup Tampa Bay quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick looks like he’s having a blast on the field and off. With another week of throwing for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns, Fitzpatrick became the first quarterback in franchise history with 4 TDs in consecutive games. During the press conference after the win over the Philadelphia Eagles, Fitzpatrick dressed up as mixed martial artist Conor McGregor amusing his teammates and reporters. When asked about his getup, he said, “The chest hair is mine”.