The Baltimore Ravens came away with a hard fought 14-6 victory over the Cleveland Browns, but second year kicker Justin Tucker did something he had never done before in his NFL career, miss two field goals in one game. Should the Ravens be concerned about Tucker going forward?
To state the obvious answer, no the Ravens should not be concerned about Tucker after missing two field goals in yesterday's game, but if he comes out next week and misses another one, especially his first attempt, then the panic meter is permissible to go up.
Tucker missed wide right on both of his field goal attempts yesterday, one from 50 yards and the other from 44 yards. Although neither kick missed by much, both were still misses and both came in the first half. Tucker did not get another opportunity in the game to erase those from his memory, so he will have to wait six days before getting another chance.
“I’m not really worried,” Tucker said. “We go to work tomorrow. We go to work Wednesday. And then it’s on to the next one.”
Last year, as a rookie, Tucker connected on 30 of his 33 field goal attempts in the regular season and was also a perfect 4-4 in the postseason, including the game winner in double overtime against the Denver Broncos in the AFC Divisional round.
“The fact of the matter is that I missed two, and I missed two in a row, and that’s uncharacteristic,” Tucker said. “But if you play long enough you’re going to experience ups like we experienced last season, and you’re going to experience downs as well. At the end of the day you have to have an on-to-the-next-one’ attitude to survive in this league.”
Of course, the obvious coincidence of the day happened to be that Tucker missed two field goals on the same day that Billy Cundiff, who missed the possible game tying kick in the AFC Championship game two seasons ago, returned to Baltimore as a member of the Browns and connected on his two field goal attempts.
Incase you were wondering, all three of Tucker's missed field goals last season were from 40-49 yards, and was a perfect 4-4 from 50+ yards, so his missed 50 yarder yesterday was his first in his career.
Again, there should not be any concern as of yet, but if Tucker were to continue this trend, then concern would be present. Tucker has shown that he is a very good kicker and a very accurate one at that, and there is little reason to believe that he will not bounce back.
“Where I personally fell short today, the rest of our team did a great job picking up for where I was lacking in the point department,” Tucker said. “I’ve got a lot of guys to look to as far as bouncing back, so I’m not worried about a thing."
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