After the Chiefs’ third touchdown Sunday in their 34-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders, the extra-point kick wasn’t attempted. Holder Dustin Colquitt couldn’t secure the ball and wound up coming out of his kneel to attempt a pass.
But even with the ball not ideally placed, Chiefs special-teams coach Dave Toub said he’d have preferred to see Cairo Santos attempt a kick.
“When Cairo came to kick it, the ball was on an angle, and he aborted the kick,” Toub said. “The ball was still down. In a perfect world, we’d want him to try and kick that thing. That’s what we’ll do.”
After the next touchdown, which gave the Chiefs a 26-20 lead, Santos simply pushed the kick right, and it was natural to wonder whether the miss had its origin in the botch.
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“It could be a little bit,” Toub said. “You doubt a little bit. Is the ball down? Is it perfect? But we’ll move on from that.”
The Chiefs weren’t the only team with extra-point troubles last weekend. Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski doinked a ball off an upright, and there were a total of nine missed PATs in the NFL last weekend. There were eight all of last season.
Eight teams are perfect on extra points this year, which aren’t as automatic now that they’re booted from 33 or 34 yards. Last season, six teams missed a PAT.