Photo credit: Keith Allison
Author: Jon Kuzma
The quarterback position is the most important position on the team. The position gets all the glory when the team wins, and takes on all the pressure when the team loses. The polar opposite position is the kicker. Not because kickers are the least important player on the team. They certainly can decide games. But the polar opposite because they are treated often like less than players. Sometimes even disrespected a little bit by teammates. Well if you watched the Ravens and Steelers match up in Thursday night football, you have a new found respect for place kicking. In a game that went to overtime in which the Ravens won 23-20. Kicking was the difference maker. The Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was 3 for 3 making every kick he took of the night. While the Steelers kicker Josh Scobee was 2 out of 4 in his kicking attempts, missing out on a potential 6 points for his team. Scobee missed from 49 yards and 41 yards leaving points on the table when his team needed him the most. This isn’t the first time Scobee has had woes in Pittsburgh either, he is 6 for 10 on the year. On the other sideline though Tucker would ultimately be the deciding factor. He was able to hit a 42 yard field goal to send the game into overtime. That is when the Ravens were able stop the Steelers offense on a 4th down attempt. Get the ball back in their offenses hands. Lead the team down field and let Justin Tucker boom a 52 yard field goal home for the win. The game was a winnable match for the Steelers but they just didn’t have the kicking to get it done. Justin Tucker and the Baltimore Ravens did. The Ravens improve to 1-3 on the season while the Steelers fall to 2-2.
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