"I just closed my eyes and kicked!" said Nick Folk as he celebrated the game winning kick against the Indianapolis Colts.
To use Olympic vernacular, K Nick Folk holds the early edge going into the first turn of the kicker's battle. By my (admittedly unofficial) count, Folk is currently 26 for 28 in his kicks, and Josh Brown is 18 for 24. That gives Folk a 93% completion percentage, and Brown a 75% completion percentage. As a proud member of the Nick Folk fan club, count me as one happy man.
I expect the numbers to fluctuate slightly as the Jets begin the preseason games this coming Friday, but with Folk holding the early edge, do not be shocked if he retains his job over Brown. I have included a full breakdown of their results below, starting with the most recent kicks and ending with the oldest:
Folk: 4-4, 2-2, 5-5, 4-4, 3-5, 4-4, 4-4
Brown: 2-4, 2-2, 4-5, 2-2, 3-4, 4-4, 2-4
I suspect that many will be surprised with this development, as Folk is widely regarded as inconsistent while Brown is considered the opposite. But I really do believe that Folk has been sold short in his tenure with the Jets. He has consistently made the big kicks, the ones we need to win (remember against the Detroit Lions, and against the Indianapolis Colts?). He's even made them when he was the only one doing the scoring (the game against the Minnesota Vikings two years ago comes to mind, when Folk was 5-5). Hopefully this is the beginning of Folk's return to Pro Bowl form.