Special to FV by LeagueSafePost.com's Harley Schultz
1. Stephen Gostkowski vs. PIT
Take the top kicker in the league in terms of field goals made (on a team struggling to score touchdowns). Then combine him with the leagues' fifth stingiest defense over the last three games and what do you have? A recipe for a field goal fest. Pittsburgh is allowing two field goals per game and Gostkowski is averaging 2.5 per game. This includes at least two in every game thus far.
2. Mason Crosby vs. CHI
Mason Crosby is currently third in the league in field goals made, including three or more in four of his last five games. In what should be a high scoring game that hot streak should continue here. Only four teams have allowed more field goals per game than Chicago, including eight in three road games.
3. Dan Bailey vs. MIN
Minnesota is allowing the third most points per game overall. This includes 25 points to kickers over their last two games. Bailey meanwhile has scored double-digit points in half of his games, and 34 over his last four. He also kicked a pair from beyond 50 yards last week, making him four of five from long range.
4. Billy Cundiff vs. BAL
Despite playing only seven games, the Ravens are allowing more field goal attempts and makes than any other team. Cleveland replaced Brandon Weeden with Jason Campbell last week and he looked serviceable. Even with Campbell at the helm, the Browns still aren't a powerhouse offensively. Currently opponents are scoring touchdowns only 26% of the time they reach the red zone against the Ravens. This should add up to multiple field goal attempts for Cundiff, who currently has averaged the sixth most attempts per game. Unfortunately for him, he has made only 85.7% of those kicks ranking 18th in the league.
5. Mike Nugent @ MIA
Mike Nugent has a pair of field goals in four of his last five games. Meanwhile, Miami is allowing the third most field goal attempts and the seventh most field goals on the season despite playing only seven games. Cincinnati is hot right now thanks to Andy Dalton. They are averaging the third most points per game over their last three contests. As long as Dalton doesn't have another "every drive is a touchdown" day, Nugent should post some solid numbers here.
6. Garrett Hartley @ NYJ
The Jets have allowed four field goals in two different games. Meanwhile, Hartley has three or more, in three contests thus far. I'm a little disheartened by the pair of misses last week, but at least he is getting the opportunities. Despite getting scorched by Andy Dalton last week, the Jets defense has actually been pretty good. I don't know if they'll be able to hold the Saints in check, but if they do, it should mean more field goal attempts for Hartley. If they don't Hartley will get his points in the extra point variety.
7. Nick Folk vs. NO
The Saints defense is much improved from the last couple years, and they have allowed only seven field goals all year. This could pose a challenge for Nick Folk. Folk has quietly posted the second most field goals in the league, including fifteen over his last six games. In addition, Folk finished with fewer than two field goals only once on the year. I think if the Jets are going to score anything this week it will come off of Folk's foot.
8. Steven Hauschka vs. TB
Tampa is allowing two field goals per week. Hauschka is seventh in the league averaging 2 field goals per game. He also has eight field goals over the last four weeks. Over their last three games, Tampa Bay has given up 93 points, which is fifth worst. If they continue at that pace, Hauschka should approach double digits. At worst I expect a seven spot from Steven, the exact number of points Tampa has allowed to opposing kickers each of the last four games.
9. Ryan Succop @ BUF
Only six teams have given up more field goals, and only two teams allowed more field goal attempts than Buffalo. Look up "Game Manager" on Wikipedia and you will find a picture of Alex Smith. This is why the Chiefs are scoring touchdowns only half of the time they reach the red zone. All these unfruitful red zone appearances should add up to some field goal love for Succop this week.
10. Adam Vinatieri @ HOU
Since Week 2, Adam Vinatieri has two or more field goals in every game. Over their five-game losing streak, Houston has averaged two field goals allowed per game. It would appear that Vinatieri is a lock for a six-pack this week. Throw in the 2.6 extra points per game he is scoring and Vinatieri should come close to ten points this week.
1. Graham Gano vs. ATL
Atlanta is allowing the fifth most points to opposing kickers (two of the teams that have given up more are on bye this week). This is thanks in parts to a very mediocre defense. Last year Gano faced the Falcons once scoring 12 points (including three field goals). Gano is a perfect 10-10 on field goals (including 3-3 from beyond 50 yards) and 20-20 on extra points. This included 24 points over the last three weeks.
2. Nick Novak @ WAS
This game features two high scoring offenses going head-to-head. This should offer up a fair amount of points for Nick Novak. San Diego has played seven games so far this year. In games one, three, five, and seven, Novak has averaged five points per game. In games two, four, and six he has averaged 13.3 points per game. If this every other game trend continues he should be due for another big game here. Washington has only allowed eight field goals on the season, but something tells me this game will have a heaping helping of points to be had by all.