Icing the kicker

Advanced NFL Stats takes on a different kind of icing by looking at the effects of temperature and wind on kicking:

Roughly, it appears about 30 degrees of temperature is equivalent to about 5 yds of distance. It’s not clear-cut because wind can correlate with bitter cold temperatures, but as we’ll see below, teams are good at managing wind conditions on kicks.

For example, a 52-yard attempt in moderate temperatures can be expected to be successful about 55% of the time. But in temperatures at or below 30 degrees, they can be expected to be successful about 30% of the time, which is about the success rate for 57-yd attempts.

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About Todd Smith

Todd Smith is a part-time sportswriter who spends too much time arguing on Twitter. What he really loves is eating poorly and watching football. He got his first Colts t-shirt in 1984 shortly after the Mayflower trucks arrived and has never given up on his hometown team. He also still holds to the belief that Kordell Stewart stepped out of the end zone and thus cheated the Colts.

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