Fox Sports broadcasters Joe Buck and Troy Aikman may, or may not, have had a role in Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker missing a field goal.
On Tuesday night, Buck and Aikman were calling a COVID-related National Football League rescheduled game between the Ravens and Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys, with 9:11 left in the second quarter, held a 10-7 lead at the time. Tucker, who had made 70 straight field goals inside 40 yards, was on the field preparing for a 36-yard field goal attempt.
“Justin Tucker, since 2016, has made 70 straight inside 40 yards,” Buck said.
“It’s nice when you’ve got a kicker like that you can depend on,” Aikman said.
“Let’s see, let’s see if he can keep that streak alive here.”
While talking, Aikman can be heard laughing.
Buck Said Justin Tucker Was Going To Make His Field Goal
“Nah, I’m just gonna say that he is,” Buck said, cementing his belief that Tucker would make the field goal.
“No announcers jinx, c’mon,” Buck added.
Tucker ran up, swung his right foot into the ball…”and he yanked it, no good,” Buck said.
“Wow,” Aikman said.
The kick sailed wide left.
“Who gets blamed for that?” Buck asks as cameras show Tucker, a former star at the University of Texas, running off the field. “Me? You? The center? The holder? The kicker? That snaps a streak of 70 straight inside 40.”
Tucker actually made a 31-yard field goal. However, a false start penalty was called on Ravens guard Bradley Bozeman, moving the ball back 5 yards and called for Tucker to re-kick it again.
Here’s the video sequence during Tucker’s kick, courtesy of SimplyAS10.
Tucker has been one of the most accurate kickers in the NFL during his career, all with the Ravens. In 139 career games, he has made 284 kicks out of 312 attempts (91.03 field goal percentage).
Ravens Dealing With Schedule Issues Because of COVID
It’s been a rather wild season for the Ravens as the team has been ransacked with numerous positive COVID-19 tests. The NFL has had to reschedule a number of games this season for them.
Just before Tuesday night’s game, wide receiver Dez Bryant found out while he was on the field warming up that he’d tested positive.
Bryant didn’t play and later on via Twitter said he was done for the rest of this season.
ESPN reporter Kevin Seifert spoke on the issue at hand for both the league and team.
“Whenever a player tests positive for COVID-19,” Seifert tweeted. “The NFL conducts contact tracing and determines who (if anyone) qualifies as a high-risk close contact. If there are any Ravens who do, after the Dez Bryant positive result, they would have to be pulled from this game as well.”
Ravens starting quarterback Lamar Jackson and other teammates have been sidelined at times due to COVID-19. Jackson was back under center for game against the Cowboys.