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Toeing the Line
Peter King
November 23, 1998
Through Monday three kickers who had at least 30 combined field goal and extra point attempts this season—the Vikings' Gary Anderson (above), the Broncos' Jason Elam and the Saints' Doug Brien—still had a chance to achieve a perfect season, something no kicker with a comparable workload has accomplished in NFL history. "But now you get into the part of the season where weather can have a big effect," Anderson says. "I'm lucky. I'm in a dome late in the season. But going perfect—I'd say that's the impossible dream." Handicapping their chances: Elam's are slim, with his final six games all outdoors, including three at weather-whipped Mile High Stadium and one at windy Giants Stadium. Anderson's are better, with three in domes and only one road game at a potential bad-weather site (Dec. 13 at Baltimore). Brien's are best, with three warm-weather road games and three in the Superdome. Here are the records of the three kickers vying for a perfect season, plus those of the three who have come the closest (based on percentage and a minimum of 30 combined attempts; kickers who attempted extra points but not field goals were excluded).
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November 23, 1998

Toeing The Line

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Through Monday three kickers who had at least 30 combined field goal and extra point attempts this season—the Vikings' Gary Anderson (above), the Broncos' Jason Elam and the Saints' Doug Brien—still had a chance to achieve a perfect season, something no kicker with a comparable workload has accomplished in NFL history. "But now you get into the part of the season where weather can have a big effect," Anderson says. "I'm lucky. I'm in a dome late in the season. But going perfect—I'd say that's the impossible dream." Handicapping their chances: Elam's are slim, with his final six games all outdoors, including three at weather-whipped Mile High Stadium and one at windy Giants Stadium. Anderson's are better, with three in domes and only one road game at a potential bad-weather site (Dec. 13 at Baltimore). Brien's are best, with three warm-weather road games and three in the Superdome. Here are the records of the three kickers vying for a perfect season, plus those of the three who have come the closest (based on percentage and a minimum of 30 combined attempts; kickers who attempted extra points but not field goals were excluded).

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