Blair Walsh says the bye week is coming at a good time for him


Extra point attempts in the NFL this season are 33 yards, but even though they were backed up to add difficulty to the previously nearly guaranteed point, only 13 kickers have missed the point-after-attempt.

Blair Walsh is among that group, but the bigger concern with the Vikings' kicker is that he's already missed a couple of field goals in four games, including a devastating 38-yard attempt in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Walsh missed a 43-yard attempt in Week 1 against San Francisco and he missed an extra point against the Lions in Week 2.

"Of the 12 kicks I've had, I made 10 of them," Walsh said, according to the Pioneer Press. "You've got to try to draw on positives like that instead of saying I was off in the preseason so I'm going to be off the rest of the year. It doesn't work that way.

"This bye's coming at a nice time for me. Time to regroup and attack the rest of the season and do my job."

"He needs to make those kicks. It's disappointing," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said after the game, via 1500 ESPN. Walsh has missed a field goal in six of his last seven games.

Walsh led the NFL with 9 missed field goals in 2014.

Walsh might have had an opportunity to redeem himself if Minnesota's other big issue – a leaky offensive line – hadn't allowed a seventh sack of Teddy Bridgewater with under a minute to play in the fourth quarter. Bridgewater fumbled, Denver recovered and Walsh never got the chance.

According to the Pioneer Press, Walsh would have felt comfortable attempting a 60-yard field goal in the thin Colorado air.

Next Up


Vikings come from behind for resounding win over Seattle

Kirk Cousins was lights out and Alexander Mattison didn't a miss a beat in place of Dalvin Cook.

Cheryl Reeve

One and done: Lynx season ends with playoff loss to Chicago

Minnesota was faced with a one-and-done situation despite owning the league's third-best record.

Dalvin Cook

Vikings: Dalvin Cook is OUT of Seahawks game

The star running back hasn't recovered from an ankle injury.


Boy arrested after making threats towards school in Anoka

An image shared on Snapchat warned of the "best school shooting yet."

Ambulance hospital emergency

Four killed in crashes after deadly start to weekend on MN roads

The latest figures show there have been 349 road deaths in Minnesota this year.


In crackdown on unruly passengers, Delta urges other airlines to share no-fly lists

The airline says it's a bid to "further protect airline employees across the industry."

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

St. Cloud State student-athlete suspended from team following alleged assault

The incident reportedly took place off campus on Sep. 18.

Gopher Football

U of M-barrassed: Gophers shocked by Bowling Green

The Falcons snapped a 21-game non-conference winning streak in front of a homecoming crowd.

Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins applies for exemption to COVID vaccine, is rejected

Wiggins could miss a large chunk of the season without the vaccine.