How The NFL Extra Point Rule Change Affects Steelers K Shaun Suisham

The NFL owners voted Tuesday to move the line of scrimmage for extra point attempts back to the 15-yard-line and that now means that those kicks will essentially be 33 yards in length. Knowing that, what does it mean for Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham?

During his 10 years in the league, Suisham has attempted a total of five kicks that originated from the 15 yard-line and he made every one of them. Additionally, Suisham is 99-of-106 on all regular season attempts from 33 yards out and in.

As far as kickers visiting Heinz Field goes, they are 6-of-8 on kick attempts that originated from the Steelers 15 yard-line dating back to 2001. It should be noted, however, that one of those kicks by Shayne Graham when he was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals went in the books as a 32 yard field goal.

Additionally, according to Pro Football Reference, 464 field goals were attempted that originated from the 15-yard-line dating back to 2001 and 422 (91%) of them were good. Six of the 42 misses were listed as being blocked.

In conclusion, I’m willing to bet that Suisham misses one or two extra points in 2015 now that the attempt will be further out. He hasn’t missed one since 2009 when he was a member of the Washington Redskins, so he’s obviously due.

He’s made 199 straight regular-season extra points since his last miss.

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