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5. The jury is still out on Garrett Hartley

Oct 27, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley (5) against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Bills 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

I really want to give Garrett Hartley the benefit of the doubt. He kicked his way into Whodatnation’s heart with that big kick to take the Saints to their first Superbowl. Nobody is spared when the outcome of a season could potentially rest on their shoulders and many games toward the latter end of the season can come down to Hartley.

This season he has hit 16 out of 21 field goals this season. He has missed twice from 30-39 yards out and missed four times from 40-49 yards out this year. That is supposed to be the area of the field where your kicker is money. A kicker that is only 10/16 from 30-49 yards is a kicker that could potentially cost you a big game.

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