Bold prediction V
There has been a maelstrom at the Rams kicker position. From the moment that the Rams created a competition between Austin MacGinnis, Liram Hajrullahu, and Sam Sloman, the Rams kicking game has been a series of white-knuckled field goals and extra points intermingled with a host of misses followed by ‘Oh shit, not again!?’ outcries.
But when the Rams lost their second kicker of the season, Kai Forbath, to injury, the Rams signed their third starting kicker to the team, former Tampa Bay kicker Matt Gay. So far, Gay has been both dependable, and strong. He has been a perfect 15 of 15 at extra points so far and has kicked at 80 percent accuracy, including booting five of six field goals at a distance of 40+ yards.
The Rams will need Gay at some point in the game. Whether just to swing the momentum into the Rams’ favor, or to outright boot a game-winner. Gay will not miss, and he’ll kick a 50+ yarder for the Rams. So far this season, special teams have hurt the Rams. Whether turning the ball over, fair catching the ball despite plenty of room for a return, or having a punt blocked, the Rams have had plenty of head-scratchers in the past.
But not in this one. In a game where each player and each play can make a difference, the Rams field goal unit does. If the game is as close as many prognosticators expect, it will be up to the field goal kicker to decide the outcome. The Seahawks Jason Meyers has been a perfect 20 for 20 on field goals made so far this season. But he has missed three extra-point attempts. There’s more, and they get bolder.