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Joseph will miss at least one field goal

There is every reason to think that Greg Joseph will be the Vikings’ kicker this season. Joseph has been tremendous in training camp so far and went 2-of-3 on his kicks against the Colts. But the thing about the Vikings’ kickers is that it’s fine until it’s not.

Joseph winning the starting job just has a weird aura about it. He hasn’t kicked in a regular-season game since 2019 and spent last season on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad behind Ryan Succop. There’s a chance he could be fine, but then there was his performance last week.

Joseph hit an extra point with ease after Dye’s touchdown but missed a 51-yard field goal wide right. On his next attempt from 47 yards, his kick popped into the air before barely clearing the crossbar, which should be enough to make Vikings fans nervous.

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With several options, including Eddy Piñero, who went 3-for-3 against the Vikings last week, the Vikings shouldn’t have to settle at kicker. A history of late changes on special teams indicates a missed field goal could be enough to trigger a change, and in a raucous environment like Arrowhead, it could be the end for Joseph.