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Panthers kicker Joey Slye's accuracy is dropping; he still wants his game-winning shot

Alaina Getzenberg, The Charlotte Observer on

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After making 10 of his 11 field goals in the first four games of the season, Slye has made just 5-of-10 attempts in his the last four outings. All of those misses have come from 40-plus yards.

In those four games (Jacksonville, Tampa Bay in London, at San Francisco and Tennessee), Slye has made just 2-of-5 field-goal attempts in the second half. Only five kickers have a worse second-half field goal percentage than Slye this season (70 percent). The worst of the group, Cairo Santos, was released by the Titans after missing all four field goals in an October loss to Buffalo

But what exactly was Slye's lesson from the changing winds Sunday?

"(Improving) my situational awareness," Slye said. "I've got to make sure everything's good going into the end of the game, because at the end of the day, I want to make sure if we're losing at some point in the fourth quarter and we need a field goal, I need to make sure I'm making them."

Luckily for the Panthers, none of Slye's tries have come on a potential game-winning kick, but the recent issues could be a cause for concern for the games ahead.

"I know it doesn't have (anything) to do with nerves," Slye said of the misses. "It's just more continually analyzing the field knowing what I want to do during that specific time of the game, just continually learning from it. I just got to get better."

 

He's going to get a chance to show just how much better he can be in likely freezing temperatures in Green Bay. Slye will only have limited time pregame to check out Lambeau Field and determine how the weather there will impact his kicks. The conditions are impossible to replicate exactly on a practice field in Charlotte.

Slye's pregame routine includes starting by kicking closer to the field goal posts and then continually backing up to find spots that may be impacted by the wind in different ways.

There are a lot of unknowns, especially with colder temperatures, which also results in the distance he feels comfortable kicking at being smaller, in addition to the ball being harder to kick.

But Palardy and long snapper J.J. Jansen have done everything they can to make sure Slye is as comfortable as possible wherever he is kicking.

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