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BIG WEEKEND: It’s the weekend horror fans have been waiting for, the release of Saw VII (Saw 3D) and the premier of The Walking Dead mini-series on AMC at 9 p.m. (CT) Sunday. Hopefully, I’ll be able to take both in, starting with a late-night showing of the final installment of the always-brutal Saw series. And I’m really amped up over the AMC effort of the latest in zombiefests, which is drawing great reviews. Zombie movies or programs are always great fun because of the unrelenting gratuitous violence which, more times than not, is done tongue-in-cheek, or at least with the wink of an eye. As any zombie-film fan knows, they have to be killed by shooting them in the head, but there is no guilt because, as Robert Bianco of USA Today writes, “And best of all, you can kill them without remorse because they’re already, you know, dead.”What a great weekend it will be. Enjoy.
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GEOFF’S TOP 5/BOTTOM 5: Please welcome the return of the second-smartest Eighinger , my son, Geoff, for his weekly glance at the NFL …
The NFL kicker position is noprmally a revolving door in most franchises. Most teams only carry one kicker because they are expendable. Or so the team thinks. In the past decade, I’ve noticed a crazy trend: a kicker struggles, gets booted from the team, watches as his replacement fizzles, finds himself back on the same team. Kickers deserve more credit, in my opinion. (Anyone remember Tim Seder scoring a touchdown for Dallas on a fake field goal attempt in 2000 versus Cincinnati? That was pretty sweet.)
Today, we look at the Top 5 and Bottom 5 feet in the league this season.
TOP 5: Best Kickers of 2010
1. Josh Scobee (JAX): He is a perfect 13-for-13 in both field goals and extra points. Unfortunately, the Jags have had trouble scoring or his numbers could be doubly perfect. Scobee is one of two kickers to knock one in from a league-high 59 yards back this year.
2. Rob Bironas (TEN): Although one field goal miss tarnishes an otherwise perfect season (14-for-15 FG, 21-for-21 EP), Bironas is just what Jeff Fisher and the Titans need.
3. Olindo Mare (SEA): Another anemic offense with a solid veteran kicker. Mare is also perfect, 6-for-6 in field goals and 13-for-13 with extra points. If QB Matt Hasselbeck can get the ball to RB Marshawn Lynch a little more, Mare might have a few more chances to show off his leg.
4. Sebastian Janokowski (OAK): With five missed field goals this season (15-for 20 FG, 18-for-18 EP), you may think Se-Bas is rated a bit high. But his leg is so amazing and he is such a beast, I’d really have trouble telling him to his face “Err, umm, you don’t belong in the Top 5.”
5. Matt Prater (DEN): Fourth in field goal accuracy (11-for-12), perfect in extra points (15-for-15) and the other player to kick a 59-yard field goal this season.
BOTTOM 5: Worst Kickers of 2010
1. Garrett Hartley (NO): Kicking woes have only been part of the problem with the reigning champions. Hartley lost his starting job after an abysmal performance early in the season, including a 29-yard OT miss in Week 3. He has since regained his spot but is only 6-for-10 in FG.
2. Graham Gano (WAS): He is the only player to have missed a field goal in all four key ranges (20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-plus) this season. He and Janikowski lead the league with five misses, but Janikowski is too cool to be considered bad.
3. Josh Brown (STL): The Rams are improving but it probably has nothing to do with Brown. He has missed three kicks between 20-39 and has also had two blocked.
4. David Akers (PHI): The Eagles veteran has missed four field goals in an 11-for-15 campaign, including two in the 30-39 range.
5. Ryan Longwell (MIN): He might be a perfect 5-for-5 in field goals but he is the only guy to miss an extra point this season. (To be fair, it was blocked.)