The Cardinals have made it plain that they need kicker Chandler Catanzaro — who has missed three extra points this season — to convert the point-afters. The last two haven’t come back to bite the Cards, but they both looked like they could have (in a 26-18 win over Baltimore and a 19-13 win in San Francisco). While Cat Man does need to make those, the reality is this is exactly what the NFL was looking for when it pushed back the extra points to the equivalent of a 33-yard field goal.
This weekend, when nine extra points were missed around the league (none by Catanzaro), that notion was underscored.
Catanzaro has missed three extra points this season, but he’s not the only one. Another, in fact, is the kicker for the only team ahead of the Cardinals in the NFC standings: Carolina’s Graham Gano. (It should be noted that Catanzaro has tried the most extra points in the league at 45; Gano at 43 and the Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski, who is 43-43, are the only others to try at least 40 so far.)
Jacksonville’s Jason Myers has missed six. (Not sure how he’s still employed, to be honest.) Buffalo’s Dan Carpenter has missed four. Seattle’s Steven Hauschka and Detroit’s Matt Prater — a couple of pretty good kickers — have, like Catanzaro, also missed three. A total of 14 kickers have missed at least two extra points this season.
Again, that doesn’t help the Cardinals if a missed extra point costs them at some juncture. But it’s where the NFL was headed when the rule was changed. And more will be missed.
Tags: Chandler Catanzaro, Dan Carpenter, Graham Gano, Jason Myers, Matt Prater, Stephen Gostkowski, Steven Hauschka
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