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Let’s take a look at the kicker rankings for the Conference Championship games.
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1.  Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
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2.  Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers
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3.  Nick Folk, New York Jets
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4.  Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears
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Let’s take a look at the kicker rankings for the divisional round.
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1.  Billy Cundiff, Baltimore Ravens
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2.  Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
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3.  Shayne Graham, New England Patriots
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4.  Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers
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5.  Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
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6.  Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears
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7.  Nick Folk, New York Jets
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8.  Olindo Mare, Seattle Seahawks
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Here are my fantasy football kicker rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1.  David Akers
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2.  Adam Vinatieri
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3.  Garrett Hartley
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4.  Billy Cundiff
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5.  Mason Crosby
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6.  Nick Folk
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7.  Ryan Succop
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8.  Olindo Mare

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Before you start to break down the rankings for the playoffs, you need to decide who you think will be in the Super Bowl. I’m predicting a Patriots-Saints Super Bowl. As I pave their path to the big game, I will know how many games I expect each playoff team to play in.
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Here’s the breakdown.
Saints (4)
Eagles (3)
Patriots (3)
Colts (2)
Ravens (2)
Steelers (2)
Bears (1)
Chiefs (1)
Falcons (1)
Jets (1)
Packers (1)
Seahawks (1)
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Here are my top kickers based on my above playoff projections.
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1. Garrett Hartley
2. David Akers
3. Shayne Graham
4. Adam Vinatieri
5. Shaun Suisham
6. Billy Cundiff
7. Matt Bryant
8. Robbie Gould
9. Mason Crosby
10. Nick Folk
11. Ryan Succop
12. Olindo Mare
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Here’s my Week 17 kicker rankings.

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1. David Akers (PHI):  Will likely reclaim scoring lead in the first half tonight.
2. Sebastian Janikowski (OAK):  Seven FGs, six PATs in past two games.
3. Josh Brown (STL):  14 FGs in past five games.
4. David Buehler (DAL):  13 FGs in past five games.
5. Jay Feely (ARI):  15 FGs in past six games.
6. Nick Folk (NYJ):  Six FGs in past three games.
7. Mason Crosby (GB):  Nine points in each of his past two games.
8. Adam Vinatieri (IND):  Six FGs in past three games.
9. Neil Rackers (HOU):  Six FGs in past three games.
10. Billy Cundiff (BAL):  Five FGs in past two games.
11. Nate Kaeding (SD):  12 FGs in past five games.
12. Matt Bryant (ATL):  Mostly PATs against Panthers?
13. Dan Carpenter (MIA):  4-9 on FGs in December, but misses have been long attempts.
14. Robbie Gould (CHI):  Five FGs, nine PATs in past two games.
15. Shayne Graham (NE):  Hard to gauge the Pats this week.

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Here’s my Week 16 kicker rankings.

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1. David Akers (PHI) vs. MIN:  Leads the NFL in scoring by a mile.
2. Josh Brown (STL) vs. SF:  Eleven FGs in past four games.
3. David Buehler (DAL) vs. WAS:  Also has Eleven FGs in past four games.
4. Nate Kaeding (SD) @CIN:  Ten FGs & 12 PATs in past four games.
5. Matt Bryant (ATL) vs. NO:  Third in the league in scoring with 119 points.
6. Sebastian Janikowski (OAK) vs. IND:  28 FGs & 37 PATs good for second in scoring.
7. Adam Vinatieri (IND) @OAK:  Five FGs and seven PATs in past two games.
8. Neil Rackers (HOU) @DEN:  Should hit double-digit points for the first time since Week 9.
9. Dan Carpenter (MIA) vs. DET:  28 FGs. Can he bounce back from four misses last week?
10. Shayne Graham (NE) @BUF:  Averaging 1.5 FGs & 4.3 PATs since joining Patriots.
11. Shaun Suisham (PIT) vs. CAR:  Ten FGs in past four games. Seven came from 40+ yards.
12. Billy Cundiff (BAL) @CLE:  Three FGs & PATs give him 102 points on the year
13. Garrett Hartley (NO) @ATL:  Seven FGs & 14 PATs in past four games.
14. Nick Folk (NYJ) @CHI:  Fifth in scoring with 27 FGs & 28 PATs.
15. Rob Bironas (TEN) @KC:  Reached 100 points for the fifth straight year.

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Here’s my Week 15 kicker rankings.

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1. David Akers (PHI) @NYG:  Seven straight games with double-digit points.
2. Neil Rackers (HOU) @TEN:  Seven FGs in past four games. Titans have allowed 33 FGs.
3. Matt Bryant (ATL) @SEA:  25 FGs on the year. Seahawks have allowed 20.
4. Josh Brown (STL) vs. KC:  Nine FGs in past three games.
5. Jay Feely (ARI) @CAR:  11 FGs in past four games. Panthers have allowed 24 FGs.
6. Dan Carpenter (MIA) vs. BUF:  28 FGs on the year. Bills have allowed26 FGs.
7. John Kasay (CAR) vs. ARI:  19 FGs on the year. Cardinals have allowed 33 FGs.
8. Shaun Suisham (PIT) vs. NYJ:  6 FGs in past two weeks.
9. Sebastian Janikowski (OAK) vs. DEN:  Scoring has dipped, but should excel against Broncos.
10. Adam Vinatieri (IND) vs. JAX:  20 FGs and 41 PATs on the year.
11. Shayne Graham (NE) vs. GB:  Eight FGs & 22 PATs in past five games.
12. Garrett Hartley (NO) @BAL:  Six FGs in past three games. Ravens have allowed 25 FGs.
13. Nate Kaeding (SD) vs. SF:  Eight FGs in past three weeks. Niners have allowed 23 FGs.
14. Jeff Reed (SF) @ SD:  Seven FGs in past two weeks.
15. David Buehler (DAL) vs. WAS:  Eight FGs in past three games. Skins have allowed 22 FGs.
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Here’s my Week 14 kicker rankings.

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1. David Akers (PHI) @DAL:  Has 12 more points than any other kicker.
2. Josh Brown (STL) @NO:  Has seven FGs in past two games. Saints havea allowed 20.
3. Matt Bryant (ATL) @Carolina:  Averaging 2 FGs and 2.6 PATs in past five games.
4. Neil Rackers (HOU) vs. BAL:  Five FGs and 8 PATs in past three games. Ravens have allowed 23 FGs.
5. Dan Carpenter (MIA) @NYJ:  Kicked 3 FGs last time he faced Jets. Leads league with 27 FGs.
6. Adam Vinatieri (IND) @TEN:  Tied for eighth with 89 points. Titans have allowed 30 FGs.
7. Sebastian Janikowski (OAK)@JAX:  Struggled of late, but still ranks among leaders in FGs and points.
8. Olindo Mare (SEA) @SF: 10th in the league with 88 points. Niners have allowed 23 FGs.
9. Garrett Hartley (NO) vs. STL:  Five FGs and seven PATs in last two games. Rams have allowed 28 FGs.
10. Matt Prater (DEN) @ARI:  Cardinals have allowed league high 31 FGs.
11. Mason Crosby (GB) @DET:  87 points on the year with nine FGs from 40+ yards.
12. Billy Cundiff (BAL) @HOU:  86 points on the year. Averaing two FGs and 2.7 PATs in past six games.
13. Nate Kaeding (SD) vs. KC: Seven FGs in past two games.
14. Shaun Suisham (PIT) vs. CIN:  Six FGs in past two games. Benglas have allowed 20 FGs.
15. Shayne Graham (NE) @ CHI:  Five FGs and 19 PATs in past four games.

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Here’s my Week 13 team defense rankings.

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1. Green Bay vs. San Francisco
2. Seattle vs. Carolina
3. New York Giants vs. Washington
4. St. Louis @ Arizona
5. Chicago @ Detroit
6. New Orleans @ Cincinnati
7. San Diego vs. Oakland
8. Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh
9. Minnesota vs. Buffalo
10. Jacksonville vs. Tennessee
11. Tennessee vs. Jacksonville
12. Philadelphia vs. Houston
13. Pittsburgh @ Baltimore
14. Detroit vs. Chicago
15. New York Jets @ New England

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Inside the numbers:

  • The Packers are the latest team to try to survive the Lester’s Top-ranked Defense Curse. It’s where teams with seemingly good match-ups go sour. Without Frank Gore, the Niners should be vulnerable on the road.
  • The Seahawks, on paper, have one of the more favorable match-ups as they’re taking on Carolina at home.
  • The Rams aren’t playing at home, but Arizona is struggling to put points on the board.
  • The Bears have one of the league’s top defenses. Calvin Johnson worries me a little though. Detroit basically won the first game so there could be extra motivation there.
  • The Saints’ defense is right up there with their offense.
  • Big Ben is expected to play against the Ravens, but if they can knock him out of the game, the Steelers will be in trouble.

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Here’s my Week 13 kicker rankings.

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1. Dan Carpenter (MIA) vs. CLE:  21 FGs in past seven games.
2. David Akers (PHI) @ HOU:  17 FGs in past five games.
3. Matt Bryant (ATL) @ TB:  Four straight games with multiple FGs.
4. Josh Brown (STL) @ ARI:  20 FGs on the year. Cards have allowed 27.
5. Sebastian Janikowski (OAK) @ SD:  24 FGs on the year.
6. Josh Scobee (JAX) @ TEN:  Titans have allowed league high 29 FGs.
7. Nick Folk  (NYJ) @ NE:  9 FGs in past four games.
8. Ryan Longwell (MIN) @ BUF:  If AP is limited, expect FGs vs. Bills,who have allowed 23.
9. Adam Vinatieri (IND) vs. DAL:  Hit a rough patch, but should rebound vs. Dallas.
10. Graham Gano (WAS) @ NYG:  6 FGs in past two games. Giants have allowed 20.
11. Olindo Mare (SEA) vs. CAR:  Has 10 FGs in past three games. Panthers have allowed 22.
12. John Kasay (CAR) @ SEA:  8 FGs in past three games.
13. Neil Rackers (HOU) vs. PHI:  8 FGs in past four games.
14. Billy Cundiff (BAL) vs. PIT:  8 FGs in past four games. Steelers have allowed 21.
15. Robbie Gould (CHI) @ DET: 6 FGs in past three games.

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