There’s no shortage of interesting numbers when it comes to the Tennessee Titans and field goals.
The Tennessee Titans finished the 2019 regular season as the worst team in the NFL at kicking field goals.
A combination of Cairo Santos, Cody Parkey and Ryan Succop went 8-for-18 (44.4 percent) on field goal attempts, the worst in the NFL. Only Parkey (3-for-3) was perfect on his attempts, but he was released after Succop was activated off injured reserve in Week 9.
Succop has since been placed on IR for a second time after he simply couldn’t get right, and now the kicking duties have been left to Greg Joseph, who has yet to attempt a field goal with the Titans since joining them in Week 16 (four games).
Thankfully for the Titans, since Ryan Tannehill took over in Week 7 they are scoring touchdowns on 34.6 percent of their drives (No. 2 in the NFL) and have kicked a field goal on 3.1 percent of them (No 32).
Tennessee also owns a touchdown to field goal ratio of 31:1 in the red zone in that span.
These numbers come from J.J. Zachariason of FanDuel and numberFire.
Hey, who needs a kicking game when you can just score touchdowns on most drives, right?
Since Week 14, Tennessee has attempted just one field goal, which was blocked by the Houston Texans in Week 15. Their last make was in Week 13 against the Indianapolis Colts.
In their last four games, the Titans are 11-for-11 in the red zone.
In two playoff games thus far, the Titans have yet to attempt a field goal, and there’s a good chance that will continue in the AFC Championship Game, if for no other reason than the Titans are consistently finding pay dirt.
Despite the fact that Joseph hasn’t had a chance to prove himself yet in Tennessee, the totality of what has occurred with this Titans kicking game this season has to make head coach Mike Vrabel at least somewhat hesitant about even trying.
Should the opportunity present itself this week and the Titans are faced with either a field goal from a decent distance or a convertible fourth down situation in Chiefs territory, I’d fully expect Vrabel to be aggressive and go for it on fourth down more times than not.