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Blair Walsh made all three field-goal attempts, including a game-winning 36-yard field goal as time expired, in Sunday's win over Chicago. He also made both two extra-point attempts.
After struggling in the preseason and in the team's first few games (missing two field goals and an extra point), Walsh has turned his season around the past three games. He's make all 11 field goal attempts the past three games including six from 40 yards or more.
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.
"He didn't kick very good in pregame," Zimmer told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I don't know, he hit 28 out of 28 in practice last week, so he's got to carry it to the game ... it's worrisome."
Walsh signed a four-year, $14 million contract before the start of training camp, so the Vikings will have a hard decision whether to find a new kicker if he continues to struggle. Zimmer before had shown confidence in Walsh in the preseason, so he could be on thin ice.
"I'm extremely excited to be a part of the Minnesota Vikings moving forward," Walsh said. "I'd like to thank Rick Spielman, the Wilf family, Coach Zimmer, Coach Priefer and Rob Brzezinski for giving me this opportunity. I'm proud to be able to stay with the team that drafted me coming out of college and I look forward to what is in store for the future of this organization."
Walsh said there's been "a little bit of communication" about a new deal.
"I would love to stay a Viking," he said. "This is the team that drafted me and put that faith in me to be an NFL kicker. But at the same time, I’ve had a Pro Bowl year here, I’ve had success and there’s been a lot of long attempts that we’ve made, so the numbers are going to have to be right for both of us. But when it comes down to it, I hope I can stay with the Vikings."
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