Kickers don’t generally receive accolades for their accomplishments. You really only notice them when they mess up.
Like David Akers against the Atlanta Falcons this season, when he turned in the worst game of his professional career. He missed three field goals, the only time he’s ever done that. The Eagles still won, 31-17.
But for the rest of this season, David Akers has been virtually perfect.
In Sunday’s 30-27 victory against the Dallas Cowboys, Akers kicked a game-tying 50-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. It was the first 50-yard field goal he has kicked since 2008.
He’s kicked 29 of 34 field goals this season, for an 85.3 percent success rate, the fourth highest total of his career. He’s also made all 39 extra points.
Take away his terrible game against the Falcons, and he has kicked 28 of 30 field goals, an incredible 93 percent.
His 29 field goals this season are already one of the 100 highest performances in NFL history.
If he kicks six more field goals this year (the Eagles have three more games), he will move into the top ten for most field goals made in a season.
He has scored 126 points this season, easily the most in the NFL (the next highest is 109).
He’s an absolute lock to make his fifth Pro Bowl this season and is cementing his reputation as one of the best kickers in NFL history.