Tucker struggles in win over Browns

Tucker struggles in win over Browns
September 15, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Justin Tucker talked during the off-season about possibly having a perfect season this year. After all, he went 32-for-35 last year in the regular season en route to the Super Bowl title. 

But that won't be happening this year as Tucker missed twice in the first half for the Ravens in their 14-6 victory over the Browns on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. 

Tucker pushed kicks from 50 and 44 yards wide right as the Browns blanked the Ravens in the first half and took a 6-0 lead at the break. But the Ravens rallied two score 14 unanswered points in the second half and beat the Browns.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tucker might have tried too hard to analyze the wind blowing during his kicks.

"He studied it, but it was moving around a bit, and I think he overthought it a little bit," Harbaugh said. "Instead of just knocking it through the cross-wind, it was one way, and then it was the other way, you just try to guide it sometimes. I think he was trying to guide it through the win rather than knocking it through the wind. He didn't follow through with his usual assuredness there."

The ironic part of this game is that Billy Cundiff came up big for the Browns-- the kicker who Tucker beat out in 2012. 

Cundiff, who got a bunch of boos when trying to kick his first field goal, went 2-for-2. He hit an early field goal from 21 yards and then added a 51-yard shot with two seconds left in the half for that 6-0 lead. Some fans were apparently still a little mad at what happened at the AFC title game in New England at the end of the 2011 season, but Cundiff did his job. 

Tucker now will try to bounce back as the Ravens look to get in sync on offense in the first part of this 2013 season.