Hauschka will have some competition when the Bills are able to take the field ahead of the 2020 season after the team selected kicker Tyler Bass out of Georgia Southern in the sixth round of this weekend's draft. Hauschka struggled mightily for the first part of last season, but he finished strong by hitting his last 21 kicks (15 field-goal attempts and six extra-point attempts) if you include a fantastic performance in the wild-card loss to the Texans. Given his long track record in the NFL and standing with the Bills, he's almost certain to enter the 2020 season as the camp favorite. But the Buffalo brass is all about competition and isn't one to waste draft picks, so the fact that Bass is a sixth-rounder and not an undrafted free agent means Hauschka will have to earn his starting job in 2020, even if he'll enter camp as the incumbent.
Hauschka made all four of his field-goal attempts -- from 40, 40 38 and 47 yards -- and his only extra-point try during Saturday's overtime wild-card loss to the Texans. Plain and simple, the Bills choked this game away after building a 16-0 lead, but if it wasn't for Hauschka there wouldn't have even been an extra period. Starting in Week 14, Hauschka has been perfect on all of his kicks (15 field-goal tries and six extra-point attempts), so whatever was affecting his normal accuracy earlier in the season has dissipated, while the 47-yarder to tie the game in the final seconds of regulation was incredibly clutch. Given his long track record in the NFL and standing with the Bills, he's almost certain to enter the 2020 season as the camp favorite.
Hauschka made his only field-goal attempt -- a 35-yarder -- and both extra-point tries during Saturday's loss to New England. The five points was perhaps about what was to be expected -- even if Hauschka was going to be perfect Saturday -- as the Pats and Bills are two of the league's best teams at not giving up much in the way of points. Hauschka has been flawless the last three games and has turned a rough season around. He gets a nice matchup to end the season if the weather holds up, as the Bills host the Jets in Week 17. That said, weather is no sure thing this time of year in Buffalo, and the Bills are locked into the No. 5 seed and could rest some key players in the finale.
Hauschka made a 36-yard field goal and two extra points in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Steelers. Hauschka connected on every try for a second straight week, and he's made his last seven field goals from within 40 yards. The 34-year-old kicker is trying to get his numbers up, though, as he's made 19 of 25 kicks (76 percent) this year, which is his worst rate since the 2009 campaign. The Bills travel to New England in Week 16.
Hauschka made all three of his field-goal attempts -- from 36 yards, 47 and 48 -- in Sunday's loss to the Ravens. He did not have an extra-point try. The Bills needed to go for two on their only touchdown, but Hauschka was the beneficiary of his team having trouble finishing off drives against a tough opponent, nailing all three of his tries. Hauschka took the blame for a close loss to Cleveland in Week 10, but he's made 10 of 11 since then, including two longer attempts Sunday. The veteran may have figured things out after a prolonged rough stretch this season, but we'll note the Bills finish at Pittsburgh and at New England before finishing with a possible rough-weather home game against the Jets.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||New York Jets||19||7.25|
|3||09/27||Los Angeles Rams||20||7.31|
|4||10/04||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|6||10/16||Kansas City Chiefs||4||5.68|
|7||10/25||@New York Jets||19||7.25|
|8||11/01||New England Patriots||2||4.53|
|12||11/29||Los Angeles Chargers||9||6.50|
|13||12/08||@San Francisco 49ers||3||5.00|
|16||12/29||@New England Patriots||2||4.53|