Along with this announcement, the NFL also announced that Mason Crosby was named October’s NFC Special Teams Player of the Month. This may be viewed as “lesser” than being named an offensive or defensive player of the month, but it should excite Packers fans none-the-less. Excitement not because of this recent announcement, but excitement because Crosby has made a major turnaround in his on-the-field performance from last season.
Last season was Crosby’s worst of his career, connecting on only 21 of his 33 attempts, which put him at 63.6 percent on the season. After starting 5/5 on field goals, Crosby entered a stretch from Week 5 to Week 14 where he would miss at least one field goal per game. The reason for his struggles last season could have been because of his 33 attempts, 21 of them were attempted from 40 yards and beyond. He struggled especially so from 50 yards and beyond, going 2-of-9.
After facing the pressure of possibly losing his job this offseason, this year has been a completely different story from 2012. Crosby has made 89.5 percent of his field goals this season, which is good for 11th in the league in terms of accuracy. After starting the season 10-for-10, he is sitting at 17-for-19 on the season. This puts him on pace to attempt around 43 field goals, which would be four more than his career high of 39 which he had in his rookie season.
Hopefully, Crosby will continue with his outstanding performance, on what could be a career year for him, against the Bears on Monday at 7:30 p.m. CST on ESPN.