A week after standing out amid league-wide kicking woes, earning the Ravens their only win of the season in overtime at Pittsburgh, and winning a fifth career AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was left to lament another home miss in Sunday's 33-30, overtime loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Tucker missed a second-quarter opportunity to build the Ravens' lead when he pulled a 51-yard field goal wide left with 1:03 remaining in the first half, and tossed his helmet in disgust on the sidelines after.
"When I miss a kick, I get [ticked] off because I expect to go out there and make everything I go out there and attempt," Tucker said. "Regardless of where it is on the field, regardless of what field we're playing on, I expect to make it. Unfortunately, on the 51-yarder today, my plant slid out from under me and I didn't get as clean a hit on the ball as I would have liked. The result was no good."
He connected from 23 yards to force overtime in the fourth quarter, but has missed four field goals in his past four games at M&T Bank Stadium.
Tucker has missed just 3 of 63 field-goal attempts on the road, but missed on 9 of 57 kicks at home, with six of those coming in his past 10 games at M&T Bank Stadium.
He's also struggled from distance lately, despite boasting one of the league's best legs. Tucker's only other 2015 miss entering Sunday's game was a 50-yard try in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Tucker has made 16 field goals of 50 yards or more in his career, but since the beginning of 2014, is 6-for-13 from that distance after beginning his career with 10 makes in 11 tries outside of 50 yards.
Still, he thought he would have had a chance to make up for that outside of the game-tying field goal Sunday in overtime.
"All you can do is try to bounce back and help put your teammates and everybody around you in a position to win," Tucker said. "I was thankful that we were able to go out there and extend the game, send it into overtime. I was thinking we were going to have an opportunity to win it, but it didn't work out like that. It is what it is, man. Hopefully we can get back in the win column. It might take a couple weeks, but we'll get back in a much better place."