Houston Texans kicker Nick Novak was successful on two field-goal attempts and two extra-point kicks in Thursday night's loss to the Indianapolis Colts .
Novak took a little heat last week when he was well short on a 53-yard effort, but showed a better leg Thursday. His longest effort was from 49 yards that looked like it would have cleared from a longer distance.
Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan acknowledged Thursday that Dan Carpenter is still likely to be his field goal person this week against the Tennessee Titans , even though the team signed Billy Cundiff this week, BuffaloBills.com reports. "We had Cundiff take the kickoffs (Thursday)," said Ryan. "And then we had Dan basically do the field goals. But we'll see as it goes on. But that's probably how we're going to end up going in the game like that."
Not exactly a ringing endorsement for Carpenter, who's been fantastic with the Bills in the two seasons prior but got on Ryan's bad side in the preseason and has missed two field goals and an extra point already. We'd be shocked if he didn't have urge job this week while Cundiff handles kickoffs, though Carpenter may be one more bad kick away from looking for work.
Buffalo Bills kicker Dan Carpenter has some competition for the team's kicking job after the team signed Billy Cundiff on Wednesday, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports.
Carpenter, who missed a 30-yard field goal this past Sunday against the New York Giants , is 5 for 7 overall this season, plus he has also missed one of his 12 extra point attempts thus far.
At this stage, it's unclear who will be the Bills' kicker in Week 5, with coach Rex Ryan noting Wednesday with regard to the situation, 'we'll see who will handle everything Sunday based on how the week goes.'
Kicker Robbie Gould nailed all three of his field-goal attempts, but missed 1 of 2 extra-point tries in the Chicago Bears ' 22-20 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Gould came through in the clutch for the Bears, nailing a 49-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in the game to give his team their first win of the season. Prior to those heroics, Gould missed his first kick of the season when his first-quarter extra-point attempt was blocked.
He's 5 for 6 on PATs and 9 for 9 from the field, including three makes from 50-plus yards.
Kicker Billy Cundiff has been signed by the Buffalo Bills , according to WKBW in Buffalo.
The veteran kicker will likely be the backup to Dan Carpenter , who has been dealing with a minor knee issue. The Bills released kicker Jordan Gay to make room for Cundiff on the roster.
Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said kicker Nick Novak is adjusting to the kicking operation -- the snapper and the holder -- when discussing Novak's miss in Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons , the Houston Chronicle reports.
O'Brien acknowledged the actual kick -- a 53-yarder that fell well short of the crossbar -- was not close, but he wants to see Novak getting "comfortable with the whole operation."
St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein connected on a 30-yard field goal and hit all three of his extra points in Sunday's 24-22 victory against Arizona Wildcats .
Although he hasn't been used extensively, Zuerlein has still been rock solid with six field goals and eight extra points. While that's not going to garner much fantasy attention, he certainly has produced as well as St. Louis could have hoped thus far.
Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos made all seven of his field goal attempts Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals .
Santos had all of four field goal attempts through three weeks this season, but nearly tripled his total with his efforts Sunday. The Chiefs face the relatively porous defense of the Chicago Bears in Week 5, which could lead to a fair amount of scoring chances for a team averaging 25 points per game.
Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh made two of three field goals and both extra point attempts in Sunday's loss at Denver Pioneers . He missed a 39-yard field goal attempt. "He needs to make those kicks. It's disappointing," head coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities.
Walsh's struggles continue as he's missed a field goal in his of his last seven games, including the preseason. He's 5 of 7 on field goal attempts during the regular season.
San Diego Chargers placekicker Josh Lambo was officially 3 for 3 on field goals attempts, including the game-winner, and was also perfect on three extra points in helping defeat the Browns on Sunday.
Lambo was good from 46, 45, and 39 yards, but he missed a 44-yard attempt on the final play of regulation only to be bailed out by a penalty on the Browns.
In a year in which plenty of kickers have already missed important kicks for teams throughout the league, Lambo was extremely fortunate to get a do-over in this one.