The new longer extra-point attempt has its first victim in Houston, where the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the hosting Texans 27-20.
The NFL moved extra-point tries back to a 33-yard attempt this offseason for the first time, and the first kicker to miss it: Houston’s Randy Bullock.
The Chiefs raced out to a 14-0 lead, but the Texans carved into it with a nice touchdown drive. Bullock lined up for the try and missed it wide right.
The new rule is already proving its worth.
The second missed attempt of the season came from the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Jason Myers, an undrafted rookie from Marist College whose strong preseason allowed the Jags to trade longtime kicker Josh Scobee to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
A lose-lose deal? Scobee missed two field-goal tries in the Thursday season opener, and Myers’ NFL debut got off to a tough start with the failed XP, which would have tied the game against the Carolina Panthers right before the half.
Kickers … sigh.
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