What Would Buddy Do?
What happens when teams stop kicking to Devin Hester (and the Birds can’t score touchdowns)
Posted on October 31st, 2007 at 11:45 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

to whom are we pointing here

Congrats to David Akers, your NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October!

While not quite as dubious as leading the minor leagues in home runs, we can safely say that this award is a mixed blessing (at best) for Akers and the Birds. I’m cool with the kicker getting his props if he’s hitting a bunch of clutch kicks to win games (like the Bironas guy in Tennessee), but, um,¬†Akers actually missed a couple kicks this month and the only reason he had to kick so often was that the Birds couldn’t get into the endzone.

The stats are even more damning: the longest kick Akers made in October was 37 yards, and the average length of his made field goals was 27.1 yards.

This might mean that the Eagles are turning into one of the teams who have a valuable fantasy kicker precisely because they’re so crappy at scoring touchdowns — a 27-yard average means that the Eagles’ drives tend to stall at the 11-yard line. (This is roughly why I always end up with the Baltimore kicker on one of my imaginary teams every year.) I am not so down with that.

Let’s also send a a couple cheesesteaks over to the good people at Iggles Blog for hooking me up with the link-love on this one.

Akers Wins Monthly Award? [Iggles Blog]

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