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Cundiff bounces back

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Since missing his only two field goals of the season in the Ravens’ 37-7 rout of the St. Louis Rams on Sept. 25, kicker Billy Cundiff has been perfect, converting all 10 attempts since then.

But Cundiff, who represented the AFC in last year's Pro Bowl, said his recent run of success is not connected with making any changes.

“I really didn’t feel like I’ve made a mental adjustment at all,” he said. “It was a 51-yard field goal. If you look at my stats over the last two years, most of my misses have come from long range. So I looked at it as a chance to grow from and say, ‘OK, if I get that long chance, I know what I’m going to do, I know what I’m going to adjust.’ The other thing I know is that I’m not going to change anything because I’ve had some success leading up to those misses in St. Louis. So I’ve said, ‘Look, let’s just stay with what I do, and just go out there and continue to show it.’”

On Monday, coach John Harbaugh said Cundiff’s accuracy was even more impressive considering that he kicked three of at least 40 yards (40, 43 and 48) into a wind that was pushing the ball towards the Ravens sideline.

“Obviously, they weren’t longer field goals, but they were in a tough cross-wind, and we needed every one of those,” Harbaugh said.

Cundiff set a single-game record with seven touchbacks against the Houston Texans Sunday, which eclipsed the previous team mark of five set by Cundiff against the New York Jets on Oct. 2.

Cundiff’s second kickoff landed in one of the first few rows of the stands behind the end zone.

“Well, I had a lot of people ask me if I could do it last year,” he said. “And then I think a lot of people thought that I should be doing that on a more consistent basis this year since it’s five yards up. But still, that’s a long distance. Some people don’t realize it. It’s pretty tough to do, but I was feeling a lot of energy and I felt like I was in a good rhythm. So I got a hit on the sweet spot.”

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