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Ryan Succop’s Field Goals Approach Record for Kansas City Chiefs: Fan Take
Ryan Succop is on the cusp of having a record-breaking year kicking field goals for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Kansas City Star reports Succop has made 21 consecutive field goals which is second all-time for the Chiefs. He is tied with Nick Lowery who made 21 straight kicks in both 1990 and 1991.
The record is 22 field goals in a row, set by Pete Stoyanovich from 1997-1998 over two seasons. Just two more kicks and the record belongs to Succop.
The season didn't start out well at all for the placekicker. The NFL lockout might have affected Succop's performance in the beginning of the season. He started out making only one of his first four attempts over the first three games. One 38-yard miss in the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers on Sept. 25 could have given the Chiefs at least a tie by the end of regulation.
Since the 4:52 mark of the first quarter against the Chargers, Succop hasn't missed. He buried 33-yarder later in the game to move the Chiefs to within a touchdown.
The best game of the season was a 5-for-5 performance against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 2. The Chiefs won 22-17 in that game, the first victory of the season. In a recent game against the Green Bay Packers, Succop hit all four kicks en route to sending the Pack to their first loss on the season.
Succop has also hit from distance. He hit a 54-yarder against Minnesota and a 53 yarder against the New York Jets. Not bad for someone who has been in the NFL for just three years.
Succop's success is a two-edged sword. It's great that the Chiefs now have a reliable kicker. Unfortunately, many of Succop's field goals have come from within 20 yards. That means the offense has sputtered in the red zone and Kansas City isn't converting many touchdowns.
At least Kansas City can say they have a kicker for life should they decide to keep Succop. At this point, he's having the best year of his young career. He missed four field goals out of 29 attempts in 2009. He failed on six tries out of 26 last season. His perfection from beyond 50 yards in 2011 is a personal best.
Two more makes without a miss and Succop owns the franchise record for consecutive field goals. He still has a way to go to set the all-time NFL record. Mike Vanderjagt of the Indianapolis Colts holds the record of 42 consecutive field goals from 2002 to 2004.
In a season of inconsistent play on both sides of the ball for the Chiefs, Succop has turned into one of the bright spots for the franchise.
William Browning is a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs after latching on to the team during the lean years of St. Louis football. Born in the gateway city, he is also a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. He currently resides in Branson, Mo.
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