Field Goal Kicking
Just when we were all getting comfortable with Dan Bailey and his field goal kicking, he misses one in Detroit. Yes, missed field goals are part of the game, but Bailey needs to hit these after the shaky season he had a year ago.
His 45-yard attempt against the Lions wasn’t even close. The ball came off his foot really weird and it kind of rotated sideways on its journey towards the upright. It was a very ugly kick.
What was the worst part about this miss was when it happened. Detroit had just cut the Vikings’ lead to four points and Stefon Diggs was just unable to catch what would’ve been the dagger touchdown. Bailey could have extended Minnesota’s lead to a two-score game, but his kick wasn’t even close.
Bailey can’t miss these types of kicks from here on out. Missing a kick at that point of a game can be the difference between a win or a loss.
Luckily for the Vikings, the defense buckled down and got the ball back. The offense was then able to score and put the game away. But Bailey needs to figure out what went wrong and work on it during this short week to ensure it doesn’t happen again.