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NFL kickers are off to their best start ever


DENVER (AP) -- The men in stripes have drawn so much attention this season that some interesting developments on the football field have gone largely unnoticed, like a big spike in field goal accuracy.

NFL teams combined for a record 2,287 points in the first three weeks of the season thanks to a record 248 touchdowns.

Kickers have done their part in this proliferation of points, converting 182 field goal attempts and missing just 15 for a 92.4 percent clip -- the best three-week start ever.

The three-week mark tends to be a precursor for the entire season, with the final accuracy rate dipping two or three percentage points as the weather gets worse and the pressure rises.

That means the record set in 2008 of 84.5 percent could be obliterated this season.

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