New Orleans Saints kicker sets NFL record against the Bears
Wil Lutz showed off his fancy footwork as the Saints beat the Chicago team
The New Orleans Saints are on a winning streak that has carried the team through six games. It would be difficult to argue that this would have been possible if it weren’t for the powerful leg of kicker Wil Lutz and he showed why he’s such a valuable part of the team yesterday against the Chicago Bears. Putting a relatively mundane field goal straight through the uprights from 39 yards, he helped take his team to another victory and set an NFL record in the process.
Lutz has made a field goal from 58 yards this season already, so booting one from 39 is nothing more than a chip shot. However, the second-quarter kick had special meaning for him, as it was his 35th straight field goal on the road. He has been with the team for three years and stayed on under a contract extension this year, an expense that is proving worthwhile to the Saints. Putting the record into perspective, four Saints kickers, from December 2012 to January 2016, combined for 35 field goals while at away games.
Unfortunately, Lutz will have to start over from zero now. Later in the game, he went for a 42-yard field goal that hooked to the right, ending his streak. It would have been nice to keep the run going, but the Saints still managed to take the win, 36-25, as they continue to advance toward their anticipated appearance at this season’s Super Bowl. With Lutz already having been named the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week twice this season, his talent is going to be key to the team’s success.