San Francisco 49ers Try Out Two Kickers and More NFC West News
At the beginning of the year David Akers was coming off an NFL-record-tying kick that spanned 63 yards. It appeared as if he was just simply picking up where he left off in 2011, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore as he's been wildly inconsistent as of late.
Right now Akers has a field-goal percentage of 70.4 percent, which ranks him 29th in the NFL. Not to mention that he has missed some extremely crucial kicks the last three weeks. He missed a game-winner against St. Louis in Week 10 and two more kicks against the Saints this past Sunday.
Apparently the 49ers are concerned with his struggles because they tried out two kickers Tuesday afternoon. Both Nate Kaeding and Billy Cundiff are two players who, like Akers, have had long careers in the NFL. However, that doesn't make them anymore reliable than Akers at this point.
Cundiff was the kicker for the Ravens last year and his leg helped them move deep into the playoffs, but it also doomed Baltimore when he missed a game-tying 32-yard field goal in the AFC Championship Game.
Kaeding has also been known for his fair share of playoff misses. Against the Jets in 2009, Kaeding missed all three of his field-goal tries. Two of the kicks were from 40 yards or closer and the third was a 57-yard attempt. Over the span of his career he is 8-of-15 on field-goal attempts in the playoffs.
With Akers not being seen in the 49ers' locker room on Tuesday, it will be interesting to see what happens as San Francisco is only five games away from making another playoff run.
Kase Brammer of RantSports.com reports on the Cardinals re-signing Scott Wedgie to the active roster.
Jonathan Cullen of Bleacher Report asks the age old question, will Ken Whisenhunt be fired at the end of the season?
Mike Sando of ESPN.com takes a look at one way the 49ers got better against the Saints.
Joe Levitt of Bleacher Report examines the NaVorro Bowman contract extension and guarantees the 49ers will have the best linebackers for years to come.
Jesse Reed of Bleacher Report begs the question, do the Seahawks have a prayer of a playoff berth moving forward?
St. Louis Rams
B.J. Rains of Fox Sports Midwest says Steven Jackson is turning back the clock to lead the Rams.
Matthew Melton of Bleacher Report investigates whether the Rams can catch the 49ers in the NFC West or not.
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