The NFL’s kickers took center stage at a handful of the early games with none having a better day than Kai Forbath for the Minnesota Vikings, and three others came through when it mattered most.
Forbath kicked six field goals to lift the Vikings to a 24-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. He made kicks of 52, 51, 43, 43, 34 and 32 yards.
Ryan Succop kicked four field goals, and his 47-yarder with 1:55 left in overtime lifted the Tennessee Titans to an ugly 12-9 win over winless Cleveland. The kick also extended Succop’s NFL record for makes inside 50 yards to 55 straight.
Buffalo kicker Stephen Hauschka tied an NFL record for field goals 50 yards or longer with his 12th consecutive made kick. He had three field goals as the Bills beat Tampa Bay 30-27, his third a 30-yarder with 14 seconds left for the victory.
Cody Parkey kicked the only field goal between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, and his 39-yarder with 22 seconds left wound up the game-winner for the Dolphins in a 31-28 victory.
Even in the Los Angeles Rams’ 33-0 rout of Arizona, Greg Zuerelein pitched in four field goals for the win in London.