Ravens kicker Justin Tucker claims he can make an 84-yard field goal at Denver’s mile-high altitude. Denver’s kicker doesn’t buy it.
Broncos kicker Brandon McManus told KUSA that if Tucker wants to back up his boast that he could make an 84-yard field goal under perfect conditions in Denver, McManus will pay for his trip to Denver.
“I will give him an all-expense paid trip if he can do it,’’ McManus said. “I’ll pay for his flight, his hotel, if he wants to come out here and do it. I’ll kick with him, I’ll witness it and I’ll vouch to the world that he can do it.’’
Tucker claimed that during pregame warmups in Denver, he tried an 85-yard field goal and hit the cross bar. McManus says he watched Tucker’s warmups and never saw him kick one from beyond the mid-70s — and even then, McManus said Tucker’s trajectory was so low that in a real game, such a field goal attempt would easily be blocked.
Tucker’s career-long field goal of 61 yards in Detroit in 2013 cleared the cross bar with a few yards to spare, so his sea-level range might be 65 yards. Kickers and physicists alike have estimated that the altitude in Denver can add 10 percent to a kicker’s range, so Tucker might be able to make one from beyond 70 yards in Denver. But beyond 80 yards? McManus is right to be skeptical.