Gould finished the 2015 season with a 33-for-39 mark on field-goal attempts and a 28-for-29 mark on extra-point tries. The 33 made field goals were a club record, breaking Gould's own mark of 32 set in the 2006 season. Despite that achievement, the season still seemed like a disappointment for Gould, who missed critical field-goal attempts in eventual losses to the 49ers and Redskins in Weeks 13 and 14 that effectively quashed the Bears' slim playoff hopes. However, given his strong overall body of work since joining the Bears, Gould should retain plenty of job security heading into 2016.
Gould nailed all three of his extra-point attempts, but failed to connect on a potential game-tying 50-yard field-goal attempt with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of an eventual 24-21 loss to the Redskins on Sunday. For the second consecutive week, Gould failed to convert a clutch kick, as he pushed the 50-yard try wide right. Though it's been a rough two weeks for Gould, who missed a game-winning 36-yarder in an overtime loss to the 49ers on Dec. 6, but the veteran's excellent track record over the course of his lengthy career will continue to give him plenty of job security.
Gould knocked down both extra-point tries, but only two of four field-goal attempts in Sunday's 26-20 overtime loss to the 49ers. Gould's second and final miss from the field was particularly gut-wrenching, as his 36-yard attempt went wide left as time expired in regulation to send the game to overtime. Though he did nail kicks from 40 and 51 yards in the first quarter and has been solid for most of the season, he's been stuck in a bit of a rut since Nov. 1 versus the Vikings, hitting on only 11 of 16 tries. As the weather gets progressively worse in the Midwest in December, Gould may struggle to finish the campaign on a high note.
Gould (illness) was removed from the injury report ahead of Sunday's game in St. Louis. Gould missed Wednesday's practice but returned as a full participant Thursday. He'll be fine for Sunday's unfavorable matchup in St. Louis.
Gould (illness) practiced in full Thursday. Gould took a seat Wednesday due to an illness, but his uninhibited return Thursday blazes a trail for active status Sunday at St. Louis. The Rams have forced at least two field goal attempts of opponents in six of eight games, which bodes well for Gould's Week 10 potential.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/21||@Green Bay Packers||7||6.67|
|10||11/13||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||8.69|
|11||11/20||@New York Giants||33||9.13|
|13||12/04||San Francisco 49ers||19||7.50|
|15||12/18||Green Bay Packers||7||6.67|