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Despite misses, Lions remain confident in David Akers


Lions kicker David Akers has had a rough first season in Detroit, but coach Jim Schwartz says he’s still confident that Akers is the right man for the job.

Akers has gone 12-for-16 on field goals this season, a 75 percent accuracy rate that ranks him 27th in the league. Akers has shown some leg strength, with a 53-yard field goal and a 51-yard field goal, but he’s been particularly shaky in the 40-49-yard range, making just three of six attempts at that distance, which ties him for 30th in the league. Schwartz said, however, that there’s no question that Akers is the guy the Lions want kicking for him.

“We have a lot of confidence in David,” Schwartz said. “David’s good for our football team.”

Akers missed the only field goal he tried on Sunday in Chicago, a 45-yard attempt that sailed wide right, but Schwartz blamed the wind, not Akers.

“He hit the ball good,” Schwartz said. “If you look at it, it starts right off in the middle and then the wind took it. That was a hard wind to judge. If you’re on the 50-yard line you might not think the wind is blowing much, then you get down to the end zone and it’s blowing significantly more. That’s just the way Soldier Field is.

Akers was once among the NFL’s best kickers, but he also had a rough season last year in San Francisco. At age 38, Akers may simply not be the kicker he once was.

Schwartz may still be confident in Akers, but Lions fans can be forgiven if they think it’s time to call Kickalicious.

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12 Responses to “Despite misses, Lions remain confident in David Akers”
  1. ravanator says: Nov 14, 2013 1:40 PM

    Lions fans don’t worry about Akers missing any field goals this week. Lions will have no problem getting into the endzone many times against the old and worn out Steelers D, he will only be kick extra points.


  2. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 14, 2013 1:41 PM

    I already have a Kicker marked down for the Round 6 selection.

  3. otis52gsh says: Nov 14, 2013 1:45 PM

    They should be worried. He will cost them a big game this year, possibly more.

  4. illinininer says: Nov 14, 2013 1:58 PM

    Niners had confidence in him to and he cost them more than a couple games.

  5. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 14, 2013 1:59 PM

    They should refocus that confidence on their punter this week. He’ll be needed much more than there place kicker.

  6. hornyak2012 says: Nov 14, 2013 2:18 PM

    two of those misses were blocks (not his fault).

  7. bobbyhoying says: Nov 14, 2013 2:28 PM

    I wouldn’t trust him to make kicks in the playoffs.

  8. touchdownroddywhite says: Nov 14, 2013 2:28 PM

    Should’ve kept kickalicious!

  9. gotothejoe says: Nov 14, 2013 2:30 PM

    In fairness, 2 of those misses were blocks that came from missed assignments by the line. He had no chance on those. So realistically, 12 of out 14 (86%).

  10. jaglazer says: Nov 14, 2013 2:33 PM

    crownofthehelmet says: Nov 14, 2013 1:59 PM

    They should refocus that confidence on their punter this week. He’ll be needed much more than there place kicker.


    the Lions punter handles kick-off duty, so I’m sure you’re correct. (see ravanator’s comment above for reference)

  11. bigd9484 says: Nov 14, 2013 3:03 PM

    They should have signed kickalicious in the first place. Akers is 38, why not take a chance on a kicker that would have a future? It’s not like teams would have been clamoring to get Akers anyway should he have been cut.

  12. timmmah10 says: Nov 14, 2013 3:35 PM

    Cue the nut job Kickalicious comments.

    There were better kickers out there when they signed Akers… unfortunately, that’s not the case now.

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