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Was Going Sockless the Key for Titans Kicker Stephen Gostkowski?

Titans veteran kicker Stephen Gostkowski? started his career in Nashville on a wobbly note, missing three field goals and a PAT in Week 1. Then the Super Bowl-winning kicker botched an extra point in Week 2.

Sunday, everything changed. The 36-year-old took his sock off and connected on six pivotal field goals in the Titans’ 31-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings to keep Tennessee undefeated, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

Gostkowski credited taking off the sock on his kicking foot for his sudden bout of accuracy after starting the season 3 of 6 on field goals.

“I practiced all summer without them,” Gostkowski said, via Terry McCormick of Titan Insider. “It’s a little like baseball. When you’re in a slump you want to try something else and you get on a roll. I think my experience playing multiple sports kind of helps deal with a little bit of a bind. In a sport like baseball, you strike out or get embarrassed, you turn the page. …We’re only three games in and I’ve got a long way to go and I’ve a lot of work to do, but I’m excited to help the Titans be 3-0.”

Sans sock, Gostkowski made field goals from 30, 31, 39, 51, 54 and 55 yards on Sunday. He became the first player to make 3-plus FGs of 50-plus yards in a game since Justin Tucker in Week 12, 2016.


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