Sports | November 16, 2020 2:40 pm

NFL Teams Attempting Long Field Goals at Historic Rate

There were 11 field goals of at least 50 yards in Week 10 alone

Tyler Bass Buffalo Bills
Tyler Bass of the Buffalo Bills kicks a field goal against the Cardinals.
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This season in the NFL, teams are going for it from deep at an unprecedented rate β€” with their kickers.

With one game left to play in Week 10, there have been a record-setting 71 made field goals of at least 50 yards this season on 102 attempts, surpassing the 67 that were made through Week 10 in the 2017 season. That success rate (69.6 percent) is third-best to 71.3 percent in 2017 and 70.2 percent in 2011, according to the Associated Press.

In Week 10 alone (excluding Monday’s game), there were 11 field goals of at least 50 yards, tied with Week 13 of the 2012 season for the most in a single week in NFL history. One of those long bombs? Jason Myers of the Seahawks knocking through a 61-yarder to end the half in Los Angeles during Seattle’s loss to the Rams.

Lions kicker Matt Prater, who holds the record for the longest field goal in NFL history after kicking a 64-yarder in Denver in 2013 for the Broncos, also got in on the long-distance action and made a 59-yard kick on Sunday to beat Washington.

And, though it came in a losing effort, rookie kicker Tyler Bass put his powerful leg on display while kicking field goals from 54, then 55 and 58 yards in Buffalo’s 32-30 loss to the Cardinals.

“What coaches are asking of their placekickers is to have no limit on their field goal range,” according to the AP. “And the kickers are answering in style.”