Ravens players praise Tucker's late-game heroics
If Justin Tucker had not been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, something would have been amiss. Maybe they should rename the award after the Ravens placekicker. For the third time this season, Tucker is the conference special teams player of the week, after kicking six field goals, including a 61-yard game-winner, in Monday night’s victory over the Lions.
Tucker has made 33 consecutive field goal attempts, the NFL’s longest current streak. That is just four field goals shy of surpassing the franchise record of 36 consecutive field goals held by Matt Stover. Tucker also leads the NFL with 35 field goals, and he has only missed two all season, both in Week 2 against the Browns. Six of Tucker’s field goals have come from 50 yards or longer.
The Ravens face the Patriots this week, and their coach, Bill Belichick, acknowledges what an important weapon a field goal kicker like Tucker can be.
“Once they get within range, I don’t know if there’s too much you can do,” Belichick said during a Tuesday conference call. “Unless they put a ball in there that doesn’t have any air in it or something, the guy can kick it from midfield.”
Tucker could stop kicking now, and it would be a great season. But the Ravens hope he has plenty of important kicks left to make.