Ravens K Justin Tucker remains perfect
Kicker made three field goals from beyond 50 yards
— Justin Tucker became the ninth kicker in NFL history to make three field goals from beyond 50 yards in a single game Sunday.
He became the first to do it in a single half.
Tucker went 4-4 on Sunday, connecting on kicks of 52, 57, 54 and 36 yards during the Baltimore Ravens’ 19-14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He has now made all 27 of his field goal attempts on the season.
“It’s definitely good to be doing well. I have great people around me. I have the best snapper, the best holder and punter in football and they make my job so much easier,” Tucker said. “To be on this sort of a roll that we are on now is good, but it doesn’t end today. It hopefully will not end at the end of December or the first part of January.”
The 52-yard kick came in the first quarter. Tucker hit from 57 yards away with 1:45 left in the first half and drilled his 52-yarder as the second quarter expired.
Head coach John Harbaugh said he considered punting, but that Tucker and
special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg convinced him to try the 57-yard field goal.
“I just kind of ran out there and figured they would have to drive me off if they didn’t want to kick it,” Tucker said.
It was the second longest field goal in Ravens history. Tucker holds the franchise record as well (61 yards).
Tucker has now made seven field goals from 50-plus yards this season, which breaks his own franchise record.
Several Ravens stated that Baltimore has the league’s best kicker following the win. If Tucker’s success wasn’t enough to prove that point, they were reminded when Bengals kicker Mike Nugent missed an extra point in the third quarter.
“The stats don’t lie. He’s at 100 percent,” linebacker C.J. Mosley said. “When our offense stalls out, we’re still putting points on the board.”
Baltimore signed Tucker to a new contract before the season that included the most guaranteed money ever paid to a kicker.
“We’ve got the best kicker in the league. There’s no doubt about it, but we’ve got to keep the young kid humble,” linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “I told him when I came back, I’ve never seen a kicker make some contract demands, but I guess when you’re the best kicker in the league you can do that. It’s great to have, like I said before, a kicker with ice in his veins.”
Quarterback Joe Flacco joked that keeping Tucker humble is impossible.
“There’s no way,” he said. “He’s earned the right to feel the way that he feels about himself, but he’d feel that way anyway. There’s no way to keep him down, man.”
Tucker replied that it’s great to have the support of his teammates.
Tucker has made 34-straight field goal attempts dating back to last season, the NFL’s longest active streak. He’s two away from the Ravens’ record of 36 set by Matt Stover.
Tucker was criticized during training camp for saying that he thinks he’s capable of making a kick that would shatter the NFL record by more than 10 yards. On Sunday, he did not back down from that claim.
“Throwing out a bunch of hypothetical numbers in the preseason, I got a bunch of flack for it, but I’ll doubledown on it,” he said. “It’s in the realm of possibility for me, with Morgan [Cox] and Sam [Koch] to hit the ball from well across midfield. We’re talking about 70-75 yards.”
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Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker celebrates after kicking a 52-yard field goal against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first quarter on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Tucker successfully kicked three field goals over 50 yards in the first half against the Bengals. Baltimore dropped Cincinnati, 19-14.