EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Ryan Longwell led the NFL in field goal percentage last season and is one of the most accurate kickers in league history.
So it's always strange to see Longwell miss, which happened to the Minnesota Vikings in each of the last two games. Neither kick had an impact on the outcome, but watching the ball sail wide of the goal post is never a good feeling for the 15-year veteran.
Longwell says he doesn't brush off the misses but notes that he doesn't over-analyze them either.
Last week's loss to the Chicago Bears was a rough performance for all the special teams, not just Longwell. Punts didn't go very far, mistakes were made and the Vikings let Devin Hester return a kickoff for a touchdown.
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