If you know how to kick a football, you might want to give your local NFL team a call because they might be looking for a replacement following the most disastrous week for kickers in NFL history.
That's not just hyperbole, either, NFL kickers combined to miss 12 extra points in Week 11, which is the most of any week ever in the nearly 100-year history of the NFL. It was like everyone wanted to make Blair Walsh feel better about his misses. Things got so bad in Week 11 that Jim Carrey will probably end up making an "Ace Ventura" sequel out of everything that happened, and Mike Nugent might just end up playing the part of Ray Finkle.
Of the 12 missed extra points, four of them came from just two kickers: Robbie Gould and Nugent, and there's a chance that Nugent's missed kicks could cost him his job.
The two misses by Nugent, which both hit the right upright, ended up playing a pivotal role in the Bengals' 16-12 loss to Buffalo.
In Mike Nugent's defense, he missed both extra points off the upright which is arguably harder to do than making two of them #Bengals— John Breech (@johnbreech) November 20, 2016
If Nugent had hit either kick, the Bengals might have been trailing by just two or three points in a game that ended with a Hail Mary from Andy Dalton that was thrown from Buffalo's 27-yard line. If the Bengals had only been trailing by three, there would've been no need for a Hail Mary because they would've attempted a 45-yard field goal.
Nugent actually got booed on Sunday, and that's because Bengals fans seemed to have lost all faith in him. The two missed extra points came just three weeks after Nugent missed a field goal and an extra point in Cincinnati's 27-27 tie with Washington.
Maybe the Bengals should call Chad Johnson?
I'm available & enjoy pressure situations... pic.twitter.com/BhdXCpnWw9— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) November 20, 2016
As for the rest of the ugliness, Robbie Gould probably wasn't too thrilled after his performance in New York. The Giants' new kicker missed two extra points against his former team, the Chicago Bears. It was an ugly performance for Gould, who had only missed two extra points total over the past two seasons combined. The Bears won't be rubbing Gould's misses in his face though, because their new kicker, Connor Barth, also missed an extra point.
Although there were several kickers who could use bad weather as an excuse for their miss, there were some kickers who had no excuse. In the Lions-Jaguars game, both kickers -- Matt Prater and Jason Myers -- missed an extra point even though the game was played indoors at Ford Field.
For some kickers, there was no way they were going to make it: Both Steven Hauschka (Seattle) and Kai Forbath (Minnesota) had their extra points blocked. Maybe all those misses in Minnesota weren't Blair Walsh's fault, maybe the Vikings line just couldn't block anyone.
The other three misses can probably be blamed on bad weather: Stephen Gostkowski (New England) missed a kick that went through a torrential downpour in San Francisco while Cleveland's Cody Parkey missed his extra point on a kick that was attempted in 30-degree weather with snow flurries falling through the air. Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins also added a miss on Sunday night that came in swirling 30 mph winds.
It's no shock that one of the worst weeks for kickers came this year. This is only the second season where kickers have had to attempt extra points from 33-yards out. Before 2015, kickers only had to make it from 20-yards away for a PAT.
As you can see below that rule change has made a dramatic difference.
Extra points missed:— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) November 20, 2016
Entire 2011 season: 7
Entire 2012 season: 6
Entire 2013 season: 5
Entire 2014 season: 8
So far today: 11
In 2015, there was a total of 71 missed kicks.
Pittsburgh 24-9 over Cleveland
Jimmy Haslam might want to sell the Browns to Ben Roethlisberger because if anyone owns them, it's Big Ben. Roethlisberger is now 20-2 all-time against the Browns after this win. Once Ben owns the team, he'll want to give an ownership stake to Le'Veon Bell who shredded the Browns with a season-high 146 rushing yards. With temperatures hovering in the 30s, the Steelers ran a perfect cold-weather offense: they pounded the rock. Bell carried the ball 28 times in the game, the second highest total of his career. Now, it's as if the Steelers four-game losing streak never happened. Thanks to Sunday's win, the Steelers are exactly where they want to be after 10 games: on top of the AFC North. At 5-5 Pittsburgh is tied with Baltimore for the top spot in the division.
It's kind of hard to win games when you can't protect your quarterback, and the Browns couldn't protect their quarterback on Sunday. Actually, they couldn't protect their quarterbacks. Plural. Both Cody Kessler and Josh McCown played in this game and both were sacked four times by the Steelers. The eight sacks was especially ugly, even for the Browns. The sack total was tied for the most the Browns have given up since returning to the NFL in 1999. The Browns' run game was almost as ugly as their pass protection. McCown, who ran for 11 yards, was the team's leading rusher even though he didn't even enter the game until the final play of the third quarter. The Browns ran for 33 yards, and are now 0-13 since 1999 when rushing for 35 or fewer yards.
Dallas 27-17 over Baltimore
For most of the first half, it looked like the Ravens top-ranked defense was going to shut down the Cowboys, but that didn't happen and Dallas ended up putting up 417 yards. When an opposing team hits the 400-yard mark, that's basically meant doom for the Ravens since 2013. Including Sunday's loss, the Ravens are now 1-11 when they surrender 400 or more yards. That's not necessarily an indictment of the defense though, it also has to do with the fact that Baltimore's offense doesn't seem to have the firepower to keep pace in the that type of game. Although most Ravens players will try to forget this game, Steve Smith will probably remember it well: With eight catches, Smith now has 1,005 for his career, making him just the 14th player in NFL history to top the 1,000 reception mark.
If it seems like the Cowboys are making history every week, that's because they are. This week, we had Ezekiel Elliott break the team's single-season rookie rushing record. With 97 yards, Elliott now has 1,102 on the season, which moved him past Tony Dorsett in the Cowboys' record book. We also saw Dak Prescott throw three touchdown passes, which ties him with Dan Marino and Russell Wilson in the record book for most consecutive games with multiple touchdown passes (5). Most importantly for the Cowboys, they won their ninth in a row, which is a new franchise record. Think about that, as amazing as the Cowboys were in the 1970s and 1990s, they never won nine games in a row. This team did struggle to start the game -- they punted four straight times -- but after that, the Cowboys scored on their final five possessions. As a team, the Cowboys rolled up 417 yards on the NFL's No. 1 defense.
Detroit 26-19 over Jacksonville
At this point, " Blake Bortles threw another pick-six" is pretty much something we can copy-and-paste every week with the Jaguars. Yup, Bortles threw another pick-six, which gives him an NFL-high 10 since the beginning of 2014. If Gus Bradley wants to blame someone else for the loss and keep making excuses for Bortles, he can blame his special teams for giving up a punt return TD in the first half.
Every Detroit game has gone pretty much the same way this year: The Lions always trailing in the fourth quarter, and they always come back and win. This game was no different. The Lions offense only had one TD drive in this game, but it was a big one. With Detroit trailing 19-16 in the fourth quarter, Matthew Stafford drove his team 79-yards on seven plays for the game-winning touchdown. Even though Detroit struggled on offense for three quarters, they were able to win thanks to a pick-6 from Rafael Bush and a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown from Andrew Roberts.
Indianapolis 24-17 over Tennessee
The Titans seem to choke in every big game that they play in, and since this was a big game, you already know what happened here: yup, they choked. By the time the Titans finally got their first first down in this game, they were already trailing 14-0, and things only got uglier after that. Tennessee was down 21-0 before they got into Colts' territory for the first time.
The Colts offense gets all the headlines, but it was the Indy defense that was arguably better on Sunday. The Colts defense racked up five sacks in the game, which was their highest total of the season. The Colts defense doesn't get to the quarterback often, but when they do, the Colts are almost unbeatable. Since 2000, Indy is 26-1 when tallying five or more sacks in a game. The Colts weren't perfect -- Andrew Luck threw a pick and Adam Vinatieri missed his first field goal in over a year -- but they get an 'A' because this was a must-win game and they came through by dominating the Titans.
Buffalo 16-12 over Cincinnati
If the Bills game plan was to run the ball down Cincinnati's throat, then that game plan worked to perfection. Despite the fact that they lost LeSean McCoy in the first half, Buffalo was still able to run all over the Bengals thanks in large part in large part to Mike Gillislee, who rushed for 72 yards on 14 carries (5.1 yards per carry). Before he got hurt, McCoy was having a solid day with 6.6 yards per carry and a touchdown on five carries. As a team, the Bills averaged 5.38 yards per carry. Buffalo is now 4-1 on the season when the team averages 5 or more yards per carry in a game. The Bills defense wasn't bad either, holding the Bengals to just five first downs in the second half.
The only thing more painful to watch than the Bengals' offense on Sunday was their kicking game. Mike Nugent missed two huge extra points against Buffalo and it won't be surprising at all if he's looking for a job by the end of the week. Of course, kicking isn't the biggest problem for the Bengals right now, the health of A.J. Green is. Green missed the final three quarters after injuring his hamstring early. After Green went out, the Bengals offense fell apart. On six second half possessions, the Bengals punted 5 times and turned the ball over on downs once. Despite the fact the game was close, Cincy gave up on their running game and asked Andy Dalton to throw 43 passes, which is always a bad idea. In Dalton's career, the Bengals are 2-9-1 in games where he throws 43 or more passes.
Tampa Bay 19-17 over Kansas City
The Buccaneers gave us two of the biggest surprises of Week 11: They won on the road against one of the hottest teams in football and their struggling kicker was one of the few kickers on Sunday who didn't struggle. Although kickers across the NFL combined to miss more than 10 extra points on Sunday, none of those came from Roberto Aguayo. Aguayo, who went into Sunday's game with a league-worst 64.3 percent field goal percentage, nailed all four of his kicks in this game (31, 22, 41, 36). Although there wasn't much distance involved, every kick was huge. The other star of the game was Jameis Winston, who torched the Chiefs for 331 yards passing.
Winston has accounted for at least one touchdown in every game that he's every played in the NFL or college. He kept that streak alive against the Chiefs with a 3-yard TD pass to Alan Cross in the fourth quarter. Winston got the game ball after the win.
I love Jameis Winston. You don't find a leader like this often. pic.twitter.com/ZKYzQo3OSg— LeBron 5th MVP (@PrimeLeBron) November 20, 2016
Winston seems to be getting more and more popular in the Bucs locker room every week.
If the Chiefs have proven one thing under Andy Reid, it's that they have no idea how to manage the clock when they're trailing late in the game. In this game, Kansas City was trailing by two scores (19-10) and should've been in a rush when they got the ball back with 6:26 left in the game. Instead, they weren't in a rush, and they dinked and dunked their way down the field on a touchdown drive that took 3:59. The Chiefs also lost almost a minute when they called two run plays and came up empty on the goal line. The Chiefs did end up scoring with 2:27 left in the game, but they wouldn't get the ball back until there was just eight seconds left.
New York 22-16 over Chicago
The Bears actually led at halftime (16-9), but then turned into a disaster in the second half. On seven offensive possessions in the half, the Bears went three-and-out five times. On the two possessions where they didn't go three-and-out, they threw an interception and missed a field goal. The second half of this game was basically the Bears' season in a nutshell.
Rashad Jennings has quietly turned into an unstoppable force on the Giants offense. Before Week 10, Jennings' hadn't topped the 80-yard mark all season, now he's done it twice in two weeks. The Giants running back totaled 85 yards and a touchdown on the ground against Chicago, and also added 44-yards receiving. On the defensive end, Jason Pierre-Paul kept Jay Cutler in check with 2.5 of New York's four sacks in the game. The Giants have now won five games in a row for the first time since 2010.
Minnesota 30-24 over Arizona
Carson Palmer might need to take a few painkillers after this game because he got beat up by the Vikings defense. The Cardinals quarterback got hit 23 times and was pressured almost every time he dropped back to pass, that's not an exaggeration, either.
Number of snaps Carson Palmer was NOT under pressure vs Vikings: 16 Number he WAS under pressure: 27 62.8%. That's ludicrous— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) November 20, 2016
Of course, even when Palmer had protection, he wasn't great. The veteran cost his team big when he threw a 100-yard pick-six to Minnesota's Xavier Rhodes in the second quarter.
Palmer was sacked four times in the game. Arizona (4-5-1) is now 0-3-1 this year when Palmer gets sacked four or more times.
The Vikings' offense didn't break out of its rut, but that didn't matter because all their other units were scoring points on Sunday. Not only did Minnesota get a 100-yard pick-six from Xavier Rhodes, but they also got a 104-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Cordarrelle Patterson, marking the first time in team history that they had two touchdowns of over 100-yards in a game. The offense also came through with two touchdowns as the Vikings won their first game since Oct. 9. They now have just four days to get ready for a NFC North first-place showdown against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day.
Miami 14-10 over Los Angeles
With seven minutes left in this game, beating the Rams didn't seem like something that was possible. At that point in the game, Ryan Tannehill had only thrown for 57 yards with zero touchdowns and the Dolphins offense looked ugly. However, something clearly sparked with Miami's offense because they caught fire over the final seven minutes. On Miami's final two drives of the game, Tannehill went a combined 12 of 13 for 115 yards and two touchdowns, including a game-winning TD pass to DeVante Parker with just 36 seconds left. Here's how bad things were for the Dolphins before those two TD drives: On their first 11 possessions of the game, they punted 10 times and Tannehill threw an interception. The wildest part about this win is that it marked just the third time in franchise history that Miami won after going into a fourth quarter with zero points.
Apparently, it doesn't matter who's quarterback for the Rams because their offense just isn't designed to produce points. In the first start of Jared Goff's career, he did exactly what Case Keenum had done most weeks: He threw a lot of incomplete passes, didn't convert on third down and didn't really produce any points. With Goff under center, the Rams converted just two of 13 times on third down. The good news for the Rams is that Goff should only get better, whereas it felt like Keenum had kind of reached his ceiling. Scoring more than 10 points would probably also help. This week's loss was the fourth game in a row that L.A. scored 10 or fewer points. Dominique Easley and the Rams defense kept L.A. in this game by putting non-stop pressure on Ryan Tannehill. Easley racked up two of the Rams' four sacks.
New England 30-17 over San Francisco
Most teams don't get too excited beating a one-win team, but Tom Brady was probably excited after beating the 49ers on Sunday. This game marked the first time in his career that Brady, who's from the Bay Area, had played against the 49ers in San Francisco. The Patriots quarterback did a good job of showing off to his family as he threw for four touchdown passes in the win. With no Rob Gronkowski in the lineup, Brady threw those touchdown passes to four different players (Julian Edelman, James White, Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell). The Patriots defense also go in on Brady's homecoming party with five sacks of Colin Kaepernick.
If you've been watching 49ers games all season, then you probably already know that the second half is usually when you want to turn the TV off, and Sunday's game was no exception. The 49ers were outscored 17-7 in the second half and have now been outscored 153-89 on the season in the second half. This is one of those games that really gives you an idea of how bad the 49ers are: They played one of their best games of the season and still lost by 13.
Seattle 26-15 over Philadelphia
The Eagles have officially turned into roadkill. Including Sunday's loss, Philadelphia is now 1-5 on the road this season. The bad news for the Eagles is that the loss in Seattle could end up hurting more than their other road losses: Both Darren Sproles (rib) and Ryan Matthews (knee) left the game early after being injured.
If NFL teams weren't frightened by the Seahawks before, they should be now. With Thomas Rawls back in the lineup, Seattle played its most balanced game of the season on offense. Rawls (57 yards) and C.J. Prosise (76 yards) led Seahawks rushing attack that put up 152 yards, the team's highest total of the season. If you're wondering why that's a big deal it's because the Seahawks are almost unstoppable when they actually have a running game, something that had been non-existent for Seattle this season. In Russell Wilson's career, the Seahawks are 27-5 when they rush for 150 yards or more as a team. The Seahawks are also frightening because their defense will punch you in the mouth and Russell Wilson is so healthy that Pete Carroll is letting him run pass routes (he caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Doug Baldwin in the game). Anyway, Rawls came back at the right time because Prosise could miss some time after getting injured against Philly.
Washington 42-24 over Green Bay
The Packers might have finally hit rock bottom. Before Sunday, there was always one guarantee in Green Bay: If Aaron Rodgers played lights out, then the Packers would win. Well, that's not even a guarantee anymore. Rodgers, who finished with a QB rating of 115.0 on Sunday, threw for 351 yards and three touchdowns and that wasn't even enough. Including Sunday's loss, the Packers are now 41-3 in games where Rodgers has a rating of 115 or higher. The ugly part of that is that two of those losses have come this year. Defensively, Cheeseheads watched their team turn into Swiss cheese. The 515 yards put up by the Redskins was the most the Packers have given up since 1998.
When the Redskins go to the negotiating table with Kirk Cousins this offseason, all Cousins needs to do is bring film of this game. Despite swirling 20-mph winds, Cousins was still able to throw for 375 yards and three touchdowns. More importantly, Cousins didn't make any ugly mistakes, like throwing an interception at the worst possible time. The Redskins also got a big time contribution from Rob Kelly, who doesn't seem like he's going to be giving up the starting running back spot anytime soon. Kelley ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Thanks to Cousins and Kelley, the Redskins put up 515 yards of total offense, the team's highest total since October 1983, when they put up 552 yards against, yup, you guessed it, the Packers.