There's been a lot of discussion about Kris Brown recently. I noticed some bad kicks this weekend, and looked at the four games, and how the kicking went. The most dramatic game was San Diego vs. New York. San Diego's kicker, make that All-Pro kicker, Nate Kaeding missed three field goals, from 37, 40, and 57. Making any one of those would have tied the game; two of three and SD would have one. The Jets' kicker Jay Feeley made his one and only attempt. In the Dallas-Minnesota game, Dallas's kicker missed two of three, while Minnesota's made both of his. This game was lopsided enough that it didn't matter much, but at least one of the misses was early in the game, when it could have actually had a momentum effect. In Arizona-New Orleans, the Arizona kicker missed his one attempt, while the NO one made it. Again, the game was lopsided enough not to matter. In the Baltimore-Indy game, both kickers made all kicks (one for Balt, two for Indy). In all three games where one kicker did better, the team with the better kicking won, and in one of those, it was the deciding factor in the game. You can take that a couple of ways. On one hand, it shows how much of a difference the kicking game makes, and thus how important it is to get a top kicker. On the other hand, it also shows that good kickers (kickers on playoff-caliber teams, and All-pro kickers) can miss at important times. Kickers are a really tough position to evaluate.