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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Detroit Lions have serious field goal issues this season

Jim Caldwell Lions

The Detroit Lions may have to move on to their third placekicker of the season and it’s only Week 5.

The Lions’ poor kicking cost them the game in a 17-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Alex Henery, who replaced Nate Freese after Week 3, went 0-for-3 on field goal attempts. He missed kicks from 44 and 47 yards during the third quarter, and he missed a 50-yard kick with 21 seconds left that would have given the Lions the lead and likely the game.

Instead, after Henery’s last miss, the Bills completed a pass and Dan Carpenter booted a 58-yard field goal for the win.

Henery, who lost his job as the starting kicker for the Eagles, is now 1-for-5 on field goals with Detroit after going 1-for-2 (both 50-yard kicks) in Week 4.

Freese was 3-for-7 on field goal attempts prior to being cut by the Lions after Week 3. He missed all four of his attempts from beyond 40 yards.

On the season, the Lions are now 1-for-9 on field goal attempts of 40+ yards. They’ve missed a field goal in every one of their games this season. They’re like a college team with their poor kicking. They should be 4-1.

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