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BetOnline Expects Packers’ Mason Crosby to Bounce Back in Week 6

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Mason Crosby missed four field goals and an extra attempt in Green Bay's Week 5 loss to the Detroit Lions. Photo by Mike Morbeck (Flickr) [CC License]
  • 12-year veteran missed 4 of 5 field goal attempts in Week 5 loss in Detroit
  • Crosby’s struggles extend a shaky career record against Lions
  • 2007 NFL points leader has enjoyed regular success on Monday Night Football

It was a tough day for Mason Crosby on Sunday.

The Green Bay placekicker missed the mark on four field goal attempts and one attempt at a point after touchdown in the Packers’ 31-23 loss to the Detroit Lions.

But despite Crosby’s struggles in his team’s loss to Detroit as 1-point road underdogs, the 34-year-old veteran is expected to bounce back in the Packers’ Week 6 home date with San Francisco, and is pegged at -200 to not miss a field goal in Monday night’s date with the 49ers at the online sports betting site BetOnline.

Odds Mason Crosby Misses a Field Goal in Week 6

Will Mason Crosby Miss a FG in Week 6 Odds at BetOnline
Yes +150
No -200

Crosby has been a steady presence off the tee since breaking into the NFL with Green Bay in 2007. The 34-year-old has connected on an impressive 80.3% of field goal attempts over his lengthy NFL career, and had gone 10-for-11 over the first four weeks of the season prior to Sunday’s forgettable performance.

But things got ugly quickly for Crosby in the Packers’ third straight loss to Detroit.

The Packers turned to the 2007 NFL points leader on three occasions during the first half, after seeing drives shut down inside the Lions’ 30-yard line, and put the two-time All-American on the spot in the second half with another failed drive in the fourth quarter while trailing by 11 points.

Another Ugly Performance Against the Lions

Last weekend was not the first time that Crosby struggled against the Lions. The sixth-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft went a middling 6-for-10 over his previous seven appearances against Detroit, and has also been less than perfect against the Niners, whom the Packers host on Monday Night Football as 9.5-point favorites on the NFL Week 6 odds.

Crosby has been perfect on nine career extra-point attempts against San Francisco, but is just 3-for-5 in field goal attempts in Green Bay’s past four matchups with the 49ers.

A prolonged slump would be nothing new for Crosby, who went 5-for-9 over a five-game stretch during Green Bay’s slide out of playoff contention last season.

However, Crosby maintains the confidence of Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who described him as a “proven, highly successful kicker” in the wake of Sunday’s debacle.

Slow Start by Packers Contributes to Crosby’s Woes

Crosby’s efforts to get back on track would get a big lift if the Packers can rebound from a shaky start to the 2018 NFL campaign.

Listed among the favorites on the Super Bowl 53 odds entering the campaign, Green Bay has fallen short of expectations, stumbling to a 2-2-1 record while surrendering 22.8 points per game, and have tumbled to a +2800 bet on the Super Bowl odds.

Packers are a meager 3-4-1 SU over their past eight home dates

The Packers have also penetrated the red zone on just four occasions over their past seven quarters of play, and forced Crosby to attempt field goals longer than 40 yards on four occasions against the Lions.

In addition, the magic of Lambeau Field has provided the Packers with no benefit of late. The team is 3-4-1 SU over their past eight home dates.

However, Crosby has come up big when called upon on Monday Night Football, going 12-for-13 in seven MNF appearances since 2011, and remains a reliable kicker when getting the call on the familiar home turf at Lambeau Field, missing just once in 13 field goal attempts over his past six home appearances. 

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