2. A Kicking Battle In A Kicking Hell
If you asked NFL kickers their ideal kicking setting, it would be surprising if anyone said Heinz Field in December. That’s why the kicking battle is so paramount in this game. Before Chris Boswell took the job, the Steelers lost to the Ravens because of their kicker situation. Justin Tucker could be counted on for the game winner, and Josh Scobee could not. Now the Ravens and Steelers have two of the best kickers in football.
The best kicker in the NFL is Justin Tucker. This is not an opinion it is a fact, like the sky is blue and the grass is green. Tucker is 33-34, with his only miss being a blocked kick. He has hit 10 kicks of 50 yards or more. Weather is a factor for any kicker, but Tucker seems immune to bad conditions. He has the best kicking prowess that I have ever seen.
Boswell has attempted 24 field goals and he has made 20 of them. Three of his four misses were at Heinz Field. Tucker also has more experience on Boswell. If this thing comes down to a kicking battle both teams are prepared. Nevertheless, put my money on Tucker.