Robbie Gould has not only extended his range on field goals but is sending kickoffs deeper than ever.
The Bears kicker hit a career-long 54-yard field goal against the Lions last week. It was his third field goal of 50 yards or more in four tries this season.
He also had two touchbacks, upping his career-high total for this season to 13. His previous high was 11 in 2006.
"I'm hitting them a little deeper this year," he said. "It's something I wanted to focus on to help our team out a little bit more. This offseason I focused a lot on training more for kickoffs than field goals and really tried to dial that in. I've got a long way to go but it's definitely a good start."
Corey Graham leads the NFL with 16 special teams tackles. Because Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub gives Gould credit for a "tackle" every time he records a touchback, the kicker is a close second, according to the team's in-house accounting system.
"Robbie is booming the ball and getting a lot of touchbacks," Graham said. "It might cut back on my tackles a little bit but it helps out our coverage units a lot. We know we don't have to worry about covering it if it's seven-or-eight yards deep in the end zone."