Kickermania - thru week 2 & looking ahead to week 3
by Mike Herman, Exclusive to Footballguys.com
    2008 Kicking points
(top five are highlighted)
2008 Kicking ppg 2007 Kicking ppg 2008
Kdef
2007
Kdef
Week 3 matchup
Team Current
KICKER
standard
total  rnk
attempt
total  rnk
bonus
total  rnk
avg rnk home rnk away rnk avg rnk home away ppg allw rnk hom
factr
away
factr
oppnt score
avg
math
calc
II
this
week
rank
 Ari Neil Rackers 18 7 21 4 19 8 9.0 7 7.0 14 11.0 8 6.9 17 8.1 5.6 5.5 9 1.21 1.21 @WAS 11.0 8.5 23
notes Misses: 35WR
 Atl Jason Elam 19 6 19 9 21 6 9.5 6 10.0 6 9.0 12 6.1 27 7.3 5.6 4.5 6 1.38 1.07 KC 10.0 8.8 9
notes Misses: none
 Bal Matt Stover 5 29 8 28 5 30 5.0 25 5.0 23 0.0 31 6.7 22 8.5 4.9 4.0 2 1.07 1.08 CLE 5.0 4.5 8
notes Misses: 47WL
 Buf Rian Lindell 18 7 21 4 19 8 9.0 7 10.0 6 8.0 13 6.0 28 7.0 5.0 7.0 15 0.92 0.86 OAK 10.0 7.3 3
notes Misses: 52B
 Car John Kasay 22 1 22 3 25 2 11.0 1 8.0 11 14.0 2 6.2 23 4.9 7.5 5.5 9 1.13 1.15 @MIN 14.0 8.0 14
notes Misses: none
 Chi Robbie Gould 14 15 14 17 15 18 7.0 15 0.0 30 14.0 2 7.9 7 7.4 8.4 7.5 18 1.04 0.93 TB 0.0 7.3 19
notes Misses: none
 Cin Shayne Graham 5 29 8 28 6 27 2.5 31 1.0 29 4.0 19 8.1 5 7.9 8.4 5.5 9 0.90 1.28 @NYG 4.0 3.3 28
notes Misses: 37RU
 Cle Phil Dawson 10 25 10 26 10 26 5.0 25 10.0 6 0.0 31 7.5 9 8.3 6.8 4.0 2 1.20 1.32 @BAL 0.0 4.5 18
notes Misses: none
 Dal Nick Folk 15 14 15 16 18 12 7.5 14 11.0 3 4.0 19 8.2 4 7.8 8.6 8.5 24 0.79 1.10 @GB 4.0 8.3 6
notes Misses: none
 Den Matt Prater 18 7 18 10 21 6 9.0 7 7.0 14 11.0 8 7.1 15 7.4 6.9 7.0 15 0.70 1.38 NO 7.0 9.3 5
notes Misses: none
 Det Jason Hanson 14 15 14 17 17 15 7.0 15 11.0 3 3.0 27 7.6 8 9.8 5.5 11.0 29 0.81 0.87 @SF 3.0 9.3 20
notes Misses: none
 GB Mason Crosby 18 7 21 4 19 8 9.0 7 6.0 19 12.0 6 8.8 1 8.1 9.5 9.0 25 0.79 1.21 DAL 6.0 8.8 7
notes Misses: 33B
 Hou Kris Brown 5 29 5 31 5 30 5.0 25 0.0 30 5.0 18 7.2 14 7.8 6.6 8.0 21 0.88 0.85 @TEN 5.0 3.8 21
notes Misses: none
 Ind Adam Vinatieri 11 23 14 17 12 23 5.5 23 7.0 14 4.0 19 7.4 10 7.4 7.4 12.0 31 0.81 0.47 JAC 7.0 6.0 25
notes Misses: 30WR
 Jac Josh Scobee 14 15 17 14 16 16 7.0 15 10.0 6 4.0 19 6.8 19 7.9 5.8 6.5 14 0.73 0.66 @IND 4.0 9.5 24
notes Misses: 37WR
 KC Nick Novak 4 32 4 32 5 30 2.0 32 0.0 30 4.0 19 4.9 31 5.3 4.5 8.0 21 1.13 1.06 @ATL 4.0 3.3 27
notes Misses: none
 Mia Dan Carpenter 6 27 6 30 6 27 3.0 29 2.0 27 4.0 19 5.6 29 5.9 5.3 4.5 6 0.93 1.03 @NE 4.0 3.5 32
notes Misses: none
 Min Ryan Longwell 22 1 25 1 26 1 11.0 1 15.0 1 7.0 15 6.2 23 6.9 5.5 5.0 8 0.82 0.90 CAR 15.0 8.3 12
notes Misses: 48WL
 NE Stephen Gostkowski 18 7 18 10 18 12 9.0 7 5.0 23 13.0 4 8.6 2 8.1 9.0 4.0 2 0.47 0.78 MIA 5.0 6.8 13
notes Misses: none
 NO Martin Gramatica 12 20 12 22 13 22 6.0 20 6.0 19 6.0 16 5.4 30 5.5 5.4 9.5 26 1.31 0.91 @DEN 6.0 6.5 17
notes Misses: none
 NYG John Carney 21 4 21 4 22 4 10.5 4 10.0 6 11.0 8 6.8 19 5.9 7.8 4.0 2 0.90 0.70 CIN 10.0 8.0 4
notes Misses: none
Lawrence Tynes will probably return after the Giants' bye week.
 NYJ Jay Feely 6 27 12 22 6 27 3.0 29 4.0 26 2.0 29 6.9 17 7.6 6.1 7.5 18 1.45 0.96 @SD 2.0 6.8 30
notes Misses: Nugent 32WR; Feely 31WR
Nugent will miss this week's game.
 Oak Sebastian Janikowski 13 19 13 21 16 16 6.5 19 2.0 27 11.0 8 6.1 25 6.1 6.0 5.5 9 1.06 0.97 @BUF 11.0 6.8 31
notes Misses: none
 Phi David Akers 21 4 21 4 22 4 10.5 4 8.0 11 13.0 4 6.8 21 7.3 6.3 7.0 15 1.00 1.09 PIT 8.0 8.0 11
notes Misses: none
 Pit Jeff Reed 12 20 12 22 14 20 6.0 20 8.0 11 4.0 19 7.1 16 7.5 6.6 5.5 9 0.54 0.93 @PHI 4.0 6.5 15
notes Misses: none
 SD Nate Kaeding 18 7 18 10 18 12 9.0 7 6.0 19 12.0 6 7.4 10 8.3 6.5 10.5 28 0.39 0.77 NYJ 6.0 8.3 2
notes Misses: none
 Sea Olindo Mare 16 13 16 15 19 8 8.0 13 12.0 2 4.0 19 7.9 6 8.9 7.0 12.5 32 0.79 0.84 STL 12.0 8.8 1
notes Misses: none
Despite having a bazillion injuries, the Seahawks are still harboring Brandon Coutu on the roster.
 SF Joe Nedney 22 1 25 1 23 3 11.0 1 7.0 14 15.0 1 4.6 32 4.6 4.5 11.5 30 1.29 1.27 DET 7.0 11.0 10
notes Misses: 41WR
 StL Josh Brown 10 25 10 26 15 18 5.0 25 7.0 14 3.0 27 6.1 25 6.6 5.5 9.5 26 1.27 1.56 @SEA 3.0 8.8 29
notes Misses: none;  "I like Josh and he was a good kicker for us. I did not want him to leave. And I think he knows that. But if he's happy, good for him.'' - Seattle HC Mike Holmgren
 TB Matt Bryant 14 15 14 17 14 20 7.0 15 6.0 19 8.0 13 7.4 10 9.1 5.6 7.5 18 0.63 0.60 @CHI 8.0 7.3 22
notes Misses: none
 Ten Rob Bironas 11 23 11 25 12 23 5.5 23 5.0 23 6.0 16 8.3 3 6.4 10.3 2.5 1 0.99 0.59 HOU 5.0 6.8 26
notes Misses: none
 Was Shaun Suisham 12 20 18 10 12 23 6.0 20 11.0 3 1.0 30 7.3 13 7.0 7.5 8.0 21 0.73 0.87 ARI 11.0 5.8 16
notes Misses: 49WL, 30WL
Suisham's short miss last week was the result of a botched hold.
NOTES:
1. All stats are based on Standard Scoring of 3 points for field goals and 1 point for extra points
 (except for the Bonus Total column which increases 40-49 yard FG's to 4 points, and FG's of 50 yards and over to 5 points)
2. "Attempted" = maximum number of kicking points the team could have had if they made every kick
3. 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)
4. Weekly matchup numbers: the "Mathematical Calculation I" is the home or away "Kscoring" multiplied by the "Kdefensive Factor"
 Mathematical Calculation II is simply the average of the Kicking ppg scored and the Kicking points allowed by the opponent
5. FAQ: why do the weekly rankings not correlate to either of the Math Calculations?
Answer: the weekly and overall rankings are not based on the Math II calculations, which are provided for anyone who prefers that methodology or information. The rankings are more closely based on a Math I calculations which factor in the kicker's applicable home and away scoring averages, and the opposing defenses home and away kdef factors. Early in the year, the kdef factors use last year's numbers, since there is not enough games played for useful current year numbers. Individual rankings are also adjusted for things like offensive injuries that could impact scoring, and for anomalies (such as kicker scoring an incredibly high number of points in a game, which skews his average, especially early in the year).
6. Misses key: SH = short, WR = wide right, WL = wide left, CR = cross bar, RU = right upright, LU = left upright, B = blocked, T = tipped
Mike Herman's Kicker Rankings for This Week *** Remaining Schedule (thru week 16) Rankings ***
Rank Player Opponent Rank Player
1 Olindo Mare STL 1 Nate Kaeding
2 Nate Kaeding NYJ 2 Nick Folk
3 Rian Lindell OAK 3 Mason Crosby
4 John Carney CIN 4 Matt Prater
5 Matt Prater NO 5 David Akers
6 Nick Folk @GB 6 Ryan Longwell
7 Mason Crosby DAL 7 Neil Rackers
8 Matt Stover CLE 8 John Kasay
9 Jason Elam KC 9 Phil Dawson
10 David Akers PIT 10 Martin Gramatica
11 John Kasay @MIN 11 Josh Scobee
12 Joe Nedney DET 12 Rian Lindell
13 Ryan Longwell CAR 13 John Carney / Lawrence Tynes
14 Stephen Gostkowski MIA 14 Rob Bironas
15 Jeff Reed @PHI 15 Kris Brown
16 Phil Dawson @BAL 16 Adam Vinatieri
17 Martin Gramatica @DEN 17 Matt Bryant
18 Shaun Suisham ARI 18 Jeff Reed
19 Robbie Gould TB 19 Robbie Gould
20 Jason Hanson @SF 20 Stephen Gostkowski
21 Kris Brown @TEN 21 Shayne Graham
22 Matt Bryant @CHI 22 Olindo Mare
23 Neil Rackers @WAS 23 Jason Elam
24 Josh Scobee @IND 24 Joe Nedney
25 Adam Vinatieri JAC 25 Jay Feely / Mike Nugent
26 Rob Bironas HOU 26 Josh Brown
27 Nick Novak @ATL 27 Dan Carpenter
28 Josh Brown @SEA 28 Shaun Suisham
29 Shayne Graham @NYG 29 Jason Hanson
30 Jay Feely @SD 30 Matt Stover
31 Sebastian Janikowski @BUF 31 Nick Novak
32 Dan Carpenter @NE 32 Sebastian Janikowski
*** Note: These rankings differ from the official Footballguys.com rankings