Based on the way some of the NFL’s top kickers are performing in practice, it’s only a matter of time before a 70-plus-yard field goal is made during a game. Baltimore Ravens kicker shocked us when he posted a 75-yard make during a practice session this week, but it didn’t take long for one of his peers to one-up him.
Matt Prater of the Detroit Lions posted a short video on Twitter Saturday morning during Pro Bowl weekend in which he drilled a 76-yard field goal.
— Matt Prater (@MattPrater_5) January 28, 2017
Now, it’s impossible to see if or how much the wind may have aided Prater’s cause here. But really, it doesn’t matter all that much. Making a kick from that far out requires some serious power and precision, as the margin for error increases the farther out kickers go.
At this rate, it won’t be long before someone makes one from 80 yards out, and it’s clear these guys are only going to get better and stronger in the years to come.
Of course, all that goes to heck when it’s time to kick a much shorter extra point, but we digress.