The New York Giants’ inability to score touchdowns is leading Lawrence Tynes on a near record-breaking pace for the most points scored in a season.
Tynes, who is the first Scottish-born player to ever play in the NFL, came to the Giants in 2007 after spending his first three years in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs. Tynes became an instant hero in his first season with the Giants when he kicked the field goal in overtime to defeat the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game in 2007.
Tynes added to his lore when he kicked the Giants to another Super Bowl in 2011, beating the San Francisco 49ers in overtime.
Now, Tynes is destined to make a run at the single-season NFL record for most points currently held by LaDainian Tomlinson who scored 186 points in 2006. Right now, Tynes has made 26 of 29 field goals and has made all 24 of his extra point attempts.
His career high for field goals in a season is 27 which he set in 2005 with the Chiefs and in 2009 with the Giants. He has never attempted more than 33 field goals in a season, a personal best that he is almost assured of breaking this year by Week 11.
Through the first nine games of the year, Tynes has 102 points. His career high is 126 set in 2009. He is currently on pace for 181 points but that number can easily go up if he goes 4-for-4 on field goals next week, something that neither he, or the Giants, want.
Tynes has stated that he hopes his field goal attempts drop off soon as that would mean the Giants are scoring more touchdowns. However, the nine-year veteran has attempted 5 field goals in a game three times and has come away 14-for-15 in those games.
If the Giants offense doesn’t kick into another gear and start scoring touchdowns, Tynes can be looking at a chance to break Tomlinson’s record in Week 17. That would be a bittersweet record for Tynes who would much rather be kicking extra points than field goals.