Kickermania - looking ahead to week 1
by Mike Herman, Exclusive to Footballguys.com
      2007 Kicking ppg 2007
Kdef
Week 1 matchup
Team Current
KICKER
rnk avg rnk home away home
factor
away
factor
opponent Kdef
factor
this
week
rank
 Ari Neil Rackers 21 6.9 17 8.1 5.6 1.21 1.21 @SF 1.29 4
notes  
 Atl Jason Elam 21 6.1 27 7.3 5.6 1.38 1.07 DET 0.87 14
notes  
 Bal Matt Stover 30 6.7 22 8.5 4.9 1.07 1.08 CIN 1.28 30
notes  
 Buf Rian Lindell 29 6.0 28 7.0 5.0 0.92 0.86 SEA 0.84 10
notes  
 Car John Kasay 8 6.2 23 4.9 7.5 1.13 1.15 @SD 0.39 29
notes The Panthers kept Rhys Lloyd on the final roster to serve as the kickoff specialist
 Chi Robbie Gould 5 7.9 7 7.4 8.4 1.04 0.93 @IND 0.81 31
notes  
 Cin Shayne Graham 5 8.1 5 7.9 8.4 0.90 1.28 @BAL 1.07 6
notes  
 Cle Phil Dawson 13 7.5 9 8.3 6.8 1.20 1.32 DAL 1.10 3
notes  
 Dal Nick Folk 4 8.2 4 7.8 8.6 0.79 1.10 @CLE 1.20 1
notes  
 Den Matt Prater 12 7.1 15 7.4 6.9 0.70 1.38 @OAK 1.06 15
notes  
 Det Jason Hanson 24 7.6 8 9.8 5.5 0.81 0.87 @ATL 1.38 26
notes Hanson missed part of the preseason with a strained thigh
 GB Mason Crosby 2 8.8 1 8.1 9.5 0.79 1.21 MIN 0.90 12
notes  
 Hou Kris Brown 14 7.2 14 7.8 6.6 0.88 0.85 @PIT 0.54 23
notes  
 Ind Adam Vinatieri 10 7.4 10 7.4 7.4 0.81 0.47 CHI 0.93 8
notes  
 Jac Josh Scobee 20 6.8 19 7.9 5.8 0.73 0.66 @TEN 0.99 9
notes  
 KC Nick Novak 31 4.9 31 5.3 4.5 1.13 1.06 @NE 0.47 32
notes Novak held off rookie Connor Barth to win the job
 Mia Dan Carpenter 28 5.6 29 5.9 5.3 0.93 1.03 NYJ 0.96 16
notes Carpenter made it easier for the Dolphins to dump Jay Feely
 Min Ryan Longwell 24 6.2 23 6.9 5.5 0.82 0.90 @GB 0.79 18
notes  
 NE Stephen Gostkowski 3 8.6 2 8.1 9.0 0.47 0.78 KC 1.06 7
notes  
 NO Martin Gramatica 27 5.4 30 5.5 5.4 1.31 0.91 TB 0.60 22
notes Rookie Taylor Mehlhaff lost the job
 NYG John Carney 7 6.8 19 5.9 7.8 0.90 0.70 WAS 0.87 17
notes Carney fills in for the injured Lawrence Tynes (knee)
 NYJ Mike Nugent 18 6.9 17 7.6 6.1 1.45 0.96 @MIA 0.93 21
notes  
 Oak Sebastian Janikowski 19 6.1 25 6.1 6.0 1.06 0.97 DEN 1.38 24
notes Janikowski missed part of the preseason with a hamstring injury
 Phi David Akers 17 6.8 21 7.3 6.3 1.00 1.09 STL 1.56 5
notes  
 Pit Jeff Reed 14 7.1 16 7.5 6.6 0.54 0.93 HOU 0.85 13
notes  
 SD Nate Kaeding 16 7.4 10 8.3 6.5 0.39 0.77 CAR 1.15 2
notes  
 Sea Olindo Mare 11 7.9 6 8.9 7.0 0.79 0.84 @BUF 0.92 28
notes The Seahawks also kept rookie Brandon Coutu on the final roster, although the scenario will probably change by next week
 SF Joe Nedney 31 4.6 32 4.6 4.5 1.29 1.27 ARI 1.21 27
notes  
 StL Josh Brown 24 6.1 25 6.6 5.5 1.27 1.56 @PHI 1.00 19
notes  
 TB Matt Bryant 21 7.4 10 9.1 5.6 0.63 0.60 @NO 1.31 11
notes Bryant is on the proverbial short leash after a poor preseason
 Ten Rob Bironas 1 8.3 3 6.4 10.3 0.99 0.59 JAC 0.66 25
notes Bironas missed the preseason with a groin injury
 Was Shaun Suisham 8 7.3 13 7.0 7.5 0.73 0.87 @NYG 0.90 20
notes  
NOTES:
1. All stats are based on Standard Scoring of 3 points for field goals and 1 point for extra points
2. The Kdefensive "factors" are the median by which teams allow kicking points, as compared to their opponents average scoring 
 (i.e. smaller numbers under 1.0 equal better kicking defense, larger numbers over 1.0 = not so good)
Mike Herman's Kicker Rankings for This Week ***
Rank Player Opponent
1 Nick Folk @CLE
2 Nate Kaeding CAR
3 Phil Dawson DAL
4 Neil Rackers @SF
5 David Akers STL
6 Shayne Graham @BAL
7 Stephen Gostkowski KC
8 Adam Vinatieri CHI
9 Josh Scobee @TEN
10 Rian Lindell SEA
11 Matt Bryant @NO
12 Mason Crosby MIN
13 Jeff Reed HOU
14 Jason Elam DET
15 Matt Prater @OAK
16 Dan Carpenter NYJ
17 John Carney WAS
18 Ryan Longwell @GB
19 Josh Brown @PHI
20 Shaun Suisham @NYG
21 Mike Nugent @MIA
22 Martin Gramatica TB
23 Kris Brown @PIT
24 Sebastian Janikowski DEN
25 Rob Bironas JAC
26 Jason Hanson @ATL
27 Joe Nedney ARI
28 Olindo Mare @BUF
29 John Kasay @SD
30 Matt Stover CIN
31 Robbie Gould @IND
32 Nick Novak @NE
*** Note: These rankings differ from the official Footballguys.com rankings