A game-winning field goal attempt? Sure; the kid is money. Yet, the truth is, the Raiders’ best chance to win at Arrowhead Stadium will be with Carlson booting PATS and not field goals.
After attempting a league high 40 field goals and attempting a league high 43 attempts in 2021, Carlson is on pace for even more work this season. Yes, the Raiders’ red-zone issues have continued even with a coaching switch.
Through the NFL’s first four weeks this season, Carlson was tied for the league high with 12 field-goal attempts with Atlanta’s Youngkoe Koo. Carlson led the league with 12 made field goals through four weeks as well.
Carlson is on pace for 51 field-goal attempts this season. That would be one shy of the league record set by David Akers of the San Francisco 49ers in 2011 in a 16-game season. Of course, Carlson is playing in 17 games this season.
Carlson also has a chance at another NFL record. He has made 35 straight field-goal attempts dating back to Week 8 of last season. Adam Vinatieri holds the NFL record for consecutive field goals made with 44 spanning 2015-16. So, Carlson is closing on in a special mark.
So, while it’s frustrating that the Raiders have to settle for so many field-goal attempts, it is soothing knowing it’s nearly a guarantee Carlson is going to push it through the uprights.