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Redskins’ Kai Forbath, still kicking up a storm, sets NFL record
With his 17th, Forbath set a new mark for consecutive field goals made to start a career.
“It’s awesome. I couldn’t have asked for a better start,” Forbath said. “I’ve been happy we’ve converted on all our attempts so far, and going to take it one week at a time like we’ve been doing.”
Forbath hitting field goals has been the most automatic thing for the Redskins since they signed him in October. It’s a stark departure from Billy Cundiff, who missed five of his 12 attempts during his five games with Washington.
He’s money, and his teammates know it.
“He’s a kid that’s very focused, does his craft very well, and they’ve been doing a great job,” special teams captain Lorenzo Alexander said. “I’m always confident. Every time he walks up there, I walk to the other side to get ready for kickoff knowing that he’s going to make it.”
Coach Mike Shanahan said his mindset on fourth down and short is different with Forbath because he has been so reliable. There was no hesitation letting him attempt the 45-yarder in the second quarter.
But Forbath has his limits, and Shanahan has not put him in spots to test his leg strength. The Redskins went for it on fourth-and-2 at the Philadelphia 35 instead of forcing Forbath to attempt a 52-yarder.
That would have been more than just a challenge of distance given how Forbath said the wind was “unpredictable at times.” He wasn’t thinking about the wind when he did get on the field.
“Our team needed points, and I just go out there one kick at a time and try and keep this thing going,” Forbath said.
“I expect him to make every kick,” nose tackle Barry Cofield said. “He’s done a great job, and he’s one of those guys that you hardly notice, and that’s a good thing.”
Hurt steps in for Polumbus
When right tackle Tyler Polumbus still was experiencing symptoms Sunday morning from the concussion he suffered a week earlier, that eliminated any chance of playing. Maurice Hurt stepped in against the Eagles‘ Brandon Graham, and even with a couple of mistakes, did not provide much of a drop-off in his play.
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