Week 10 was a week represented by a lot of different things.
It was a week of horrendous weather, a week of unexpected upsets and a week of one amazing Hail Mary. But another aspect of this entertaining slate of NFL action put a position in the spotlight that doesn’t usually get too much attention: the kicker.
Big legs were on display all throughout the NFL. 13 kickers finished with 10 or more fantasy points, a figure that is typically only reached by an amount of players you can count on two hands. And two of those kickers, each with three field goals made, were able to knock in extremely long attempts in key moments throughout their respective high-scoring affairs.
One of these was rookie Tyler Bass, who was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Though he struggled to start his first season in the pros, entering Week 10 with 72.7 percent accuracy, he shook off any signs of inconsistency as he drilled not one, not two, but three 50-yard field goals against the Arizona Cardinals… all in one quarter of action. I couldn’t scrounge up whether or not that was a record of some sort in itself, but I wouldn’t be particularly surprised if it was, considering some of the other records that came to light as a result of his strong play:
That’s right… move over, Josh Allen.
All jokes aside, though, it’s wildly impressive that Bass broke his own career high with a 54-yard field goal in the second quarter, then broke that career high with a 55-yard field goal later in the quarter, then broke that career high with a 58-yarder all in the same 15-minute bracket. Social media doesn’t give kickers the spotlight all too often, but it was too hard to resist in this case.
However, his Bills ended up losing in heartbreaking fashion, as the aforementioned Hail Mary came against Buffalo in the final seconds. The Detroit Lions won their Week 10 contest in the final seconds of action, on the other hand, and it came at the hands — or at the feet — of their kicker.
Matt Prater, the 14-year veteran who holds the record for the longest field goal in NFL history at 64 yards, made some more NFL history on Sunday.
It was his second 50-yard field goal of the day, which gives him seven such games in his career — another NFL record.
And, once again, social media couldn’t resist but shine light on the veteran’s awesome display.
Former offensive lineman T.J. Lang may have summed it up best: “Nuts baby. F—ing nuts.”