Philadelphia Eagles David Akers: A Glaring Hole or Special Team Stud?


Published: July 8, 2009

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... he has placed the ball on the correct side of the uprights 81 percent of the time. He has scored over 1,000 points as an Eagle. 

In 2008, Akers led the NFC with 144 points, set an NFL record by connecting on 19 straight postseason field goal attempts, set a career high for touchbacks with 17, and became the longest tenured kicker in Eagles' history.

If you look at his 2008 stats, it really does seem as though Akers is a solid NFL kicker. 

So why do I have doubts? Maybe it's not the kicks that he makes, but the ones that he doesn't.

In Week Four, 2008, the Eagles struggled against a strong Bears defense. Akers was 2-for-4 in this game. The final score: Bears win 24-20. Simply connecting on these two kicks could have not only won the game for the Eagles, but may have also contributed to a secured playoff spot coming into Week 17.

The next week, back at home vs. the Redskins, Akers missed on another opportunity in a close game. A 50-yard kic...

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