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NEW YORK (AP) — Who needs a kicker? Apparently

  • January 21, 2020

     not the Los Angeles Rams.As for the Browns and Vikings Minnesota Vikings Jerseys Stitched , who are going with untested youngsters, well, maybe a new guy to handle field goals and extra points will be employed soon.Sure, it’s kind of early to panic about placekicking. The Rams showed how to not rely on placements once Greg Zuerlein went out Sunday with a groin problem. They simply scored touchdowns and then went for 2-point conversions, making three.Still, when it’s early in the schedule and kickers are struggling — there were seven missed PAT kicks Sunday afternoon — despite generally decent conditions, that’s troubling.Minnesota rookie Daniel Carlson twice went wide right on overtime field goals and the Vikings tied top NFC North rival Green Bay 29-29. Even though Packers kicker Mason Crosby matched a career high with five field goals, his potential winner from 52 yards went wide left as time expired in regulation.It’s rarely wise to play for field goals, particularly when you have the two highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, Aaron Rodgers and Kirk Cousins. But circumstances sometimes dictate not gambling. In Green Bay’s case Garrett Bradbury black jersey , that pretty much paid off thanks to the veteran Crosby.Not so much for Minnesota as Carlson missed from 49 and 35 yards in OT. He also failed from 48 in the second quarter.“I think I went out each time and it was a new kick,” said Carlson, who was pretty sure he’d never missed three field goals in a game. “Went out there confident, but something obviously was off and I’ve got to fix that and help this team.”Zane Gonzalez , who held FBS records for career field goals made (96) and points by a kicker (494) when he left Arizona State after the 2016 season, hurt his team even more. His Browns lost — yeah, that’s hardly news as it was the 18th time in their last 19 games they flopped, and the other game was last week’s tie with Pittsburgh — and he missed two field goals and, ugh, two extra points.He botched his first extra point after the Browns went up 12-3 in the third quarter at New Orleans. He was wide left on a 44-yard field goal that would have given them a 15-3 early in the fourth quarter. That plagued him on his final two attempts.Gonzalez hooked an extra point wide left with 1:16 remaining Garrett Bradbury Jersey Mens , leaving the score 18-18. He pushed a 52-yard field goal try right with 3 seconds to go after the Saints went ahead on Wil Lutz’s 44-yard field goal 18 seconds earlier.“It was on me a hundred percent,” Gonzalez said. “I can’t blame it on anybody else. We were so close to that win and it’s been so long, and I just let everybody down.“I was cursing myself out in my head. I’m really upset about it.”Gonzalez missed one extra point last season as a rookie in Cleveland.Miami’s Jason Sanders and New York’s Jason Myers were both wide on PATs in the Dolphins’ 20-12 victory over the Jets. Pittsburgh’s Chris Boswell missed an extra point against Kansas City in a loss, and Tampa Bay’s Chandler Catanzaro did so, as well, against Philadelphia in a victory.The NFL’s decision to move the extra-point kick back to the 15-yard line has turned it from a gimme into, well, a lengthier putt. Hardly, though, a twisting breaker like at Augusta National.With kickers bombing field goals from well beyond 50 yards with regularity — Myers Football Olisaemeka Udoh Jersey , who has a spotty record on PATs, tied a Jets home mark with a 55-yard three-pointer — and coaches willing to let them try, what’s up with the 33-yard extra point?It brings up an interesting possibility. Consider what the Rams did without Zuerlein; of course, they have one of the NFL’s best weapons near the goal line in Todd Gurley. The running back and 2017 Offensive Player of the Year scored twice on the 2-point conversions from the 2-yard line.And the Steelers rarely back off from trying for the deuce. Who would mind having Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees overseeing one play from the 2 for a couple of points?Or Cam Newton or Russell Wilson getting creative in that goal-line situation?Pretty exciting options.So maybe teams unsure of their kickers’ reliability — ignore this, Ravens and Rams and Colts fans, for example — will think more about the 2-point conversions. That would be a major culture change, as would not thinking so much about setting up field goals. Seems coaches get burned a lot by that philosophy.Why not get really radical, NFL, and simply eliminate the PAT kick altogether? All 2-point conversions all the time.Never happen Youth Garrett Bradbury Jersey , right? The Minnesota Vikings released their final injury report in advance of Sunday Night’s game against the Fightin’ Jerrys of Dallas, and it’s probably the most significant list yet this season:Out: WR Adam Thielen (hamstring)DT Linval Joseph (knee)S Andrew Sendejo (groin)QUESTIONABLE:CB Trae Waynes (ankle)DE Stephen Weatherly (groin)Thielen being out is no surprise, and to be honest I wouldn’t expect to see him until after the bye, to give his hamstring time to heal. No word on if the Vikings will activate Josh Doctson yet, so for now assuming that doesn’t happen, look for some more Bisi Johnson and Laquon Treadwell. If Doctson is added to the 53 man roster, I think he can be a sneaky good WR addition for the second half of the season, so stay tuned.Joseph’s injury sort of popped up out of nowhere, however, and the Vikings wouldn’t comment more on it other than to say he was out for Sunday’s game. He went from seemingly good to go to out in about 24 hours Mike Hughes Jersey , so I’ll be interested to see what the rotation is the Vikes use to try and stop Dallas from running inside. I’m thinking Jaleel Johnson, maybe, and I would imagine we’ll finally see one of Hercules Mata’afa or Jalyn Holmes active.Make no mistake, though, Joseph out for the Vikings is a huge loss. He is a run stopper, and the rest of the defense will need to play mistake-free football to slow down Ezekiel Elliott.Whether or not Waynes can go could be a big deal, too. I would assume Mike Hughes would step into Waynes’ spot, and Hughes has played better with each week. That’s still a concern, but the news about Joseph not being able to play is the biggest bit of info for today.