OK, so maybe Cincinnati Bengals’ kicker Evan McPherson isn’t perfect after all.
When McPherson lined up for a 58-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter of Week 2’s preseason tilt against the New York Giants on Sunday evening, he was looking at a string of 22-straight field goals without a miss.
After pulling a 50-yard field goal attempt with 5:20 left in a Week 16 blowout of the Baltimore Ravens, McPherson make his next 16 attempts, including a perfect 14-for-14 in the playoffs.
In 2021, McPherson kicked 12 field goals of at least 50 yards to set an NFL record for a rookie, and made five game-winning field goals. He set the Bengals’ record with a 58-yard field goal in a Week 15 win over the Denver Broncos
McPherson went 3-for-3 against the Arizona Cardinals last week in the preseason opener, including efforts of 58 and 56 yards. And he made his first three attempts against the Giants, including a 50-yarder.
Then, with 12:40 left in the game, McPherson missed a 58-yard attempt wide left.
But don’t worry. It won’t happen again, at least not for a while.
“The good thing about missing is you never miss twice,” McPherson told Bengals’ cornerback Mike Hilton earlier this summer.
As a matter of fact, McPherson did miss twice, in an overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers on October 11. But then he ran off another string of 16 in a row before a miss against the 49ers on December 13.
So maybe he’s not perfect. But he’s pretty darn close. And, so far at least, close has been plenty good enough.