Although the Minnesota Vikings came out on top in their game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, the recurring problem of missed kicks happened yet again.
Coming off a stellar week in London against the New Orleans Saints, in which he made all five of his field goal attempts, Vikings kicker Greg Joseph missed his only two attempts versus Chicago. The first was a 53-yard attempt to end the half that sailed to the right of the goalposts. The other was a 51-yard try in the third quarter that fell short after a deflection by Bears defensive end Dominque Robinson. Joseph was, however, perfect on extra points.
Vikings fans are no strangers to the team’s kicking struggles. Over the last decade or so, the team has struggled to find a reliable placekicker. Looking at the past two seasons, it seems as though the Vikings have acquired somewhat of a solution in Greg Joseph. Before Joseph was signed by Minnesota in 2021, he had stints in Cleveland and Tennessee in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
In his first season with his current team, Joseph was an impressive 33 for 38 on field goals. Five games into the 2022 season, he is already just one miss away from matching his 2021 miss total.
The Vikings will look to improve to 5-1 as they travel to Miami next week to face an injured Dolphins team. It is worth noting that Greg Joseph is perfect on field goals in road games this season.