Packers: Huge game for Mason Crosby vs. Rams in Week 12

Green Bay Packers, Mason Crosby (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Mason Crosby (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images) /

Mason Crosby has missed at least one field goal in each of the past three games for the Green Bay Packers.

For most of Crosby’s career, Packers fans could calmly look away any time an extra-point or field-goal attempt was about to be made. Crosby was Mr. Consistent. That included the playoffs.

This season, not so much. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a little nervous each time the Packers’ kicking unit runs on to the field. Even for the simplest of kicks — Crosby missed a 32-yarder against the Minnesota Vikings a week ago.

It’s not all Crosby’s fault, of course.

There has been some simply embarrassing blocking up front, particularly earlier on in the year. Even on kicks Crosby made, such as a 51-yarder to defeat the San Francisco 49ers, it was just inches away from being blocked. Had that kick been blocked, it wouldn’t have been Crosby’s fault. It’s impressive he was able to remain cool and convert in that situation.

Crosby has also had to get comfortable with a new holder and snapper this season. It’s something we take for granted, but good continuity at these positions is so important.

However, whereas some of Crosby’s misses earlier in the season were on the blocking up front, now they are becoming more and more often on him. Those early-season missed kicks seem to have hurt his confidence and it’s becoming an issue for the Packers.

Crosby has bounced back from these setbacks time and time again throughout his career. To his credit, after missing a kick he’d usually make in his sleep last week at Minnesota, Crosby bounced back with four straight conversions (all extra-point tries). And let’s not forget he kicked a 54-yard field goal before his miss.

I have no doubt Crosby can bounce back from his recent dip in confidence, but this is the week to do it. It’s going to be a close game versus the Los Angeles Rams and the result could have huge playoff implications.

The Packers can’t afford to lose this game on a missed field goal. It would also be Crosby’s fourth consecutive game with a missed kick.

Another rough performance from Crosby and serious questions will be asked about the Packers’ kicking situation during the bye week.

However, if Crosby can do what he’s done so often in his career and is perfect on Sunday, he will enter the bye week with some much-needed confidence. A chance to get back on track and finish the season strong.