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ON THE RISE

SHAYNE GRAHAM,Bengals
He has scored 100 points and hit better than 87% of his field goals in each ofthe last three seasons.

ADAM VINATIERI,Colts
Add "RCA Dome" and "Peyton Manning--led offense" to an alreadylong list of positives.

LAWRENCE TYNES,Chiefs
A new coach (conservative Herm Edwards) and a new offensive philosophy shouldlead to decreased red zone efficiency--and more field goals.

ON THEDECLINE

NEIL RACKERS,Cardinals
No way he approaches last year's numbers, especially with Edgerrin Jameshandling goal line duties.

JASON ELAM,Broncos
At 36, he's starting to show wear (eight missed field goals last year).

SEBASTIANJANIKOWSKI, Raiders
He had accuracy problems last season, especially with what used to be hissignature long kicks (7 for 15 beyond 40 yards).

SLEEPERS

RYAN LONGWELL,Vikings
The move to a dome boosts the value of this long-ball specialist (career 69%beyond 40 yards).

STEPHENGOSTKOWSKI/MARTIN GRAMATICA, Patriots
Whoever wins this battle has to fill the big shoes of Adam Vinatieri, but acareer-high point total will follow.

OLINDO MARE,Dolphins
Healthy and backed by an improving offense, he's primed for a rebound year atage 33.

 

SI PLAYER RANKINGS FOR 2006 With 2005 stats

POINTS

POINTS/GAME

FG PCT.

XP PCT.

40-49 FGS

50-PLUS FGS

LONG FG

BYE WEEK

1.

Adam Vinatieri, Colts *

112

6.25

80.0

97.6

4/6

0/2

49

6

2.

Neil Rackers, Cardinals

140

9.33

95.2

100.0

13/14

6/7

54

9

3.

John Kasay, Panthers

121

7.56

76.5

97.7

6/9

3/8

52

9

4.

Shayne Graham, Bengals

131

8.19

87.5

100.0

7/9

0/1

49

5

5.

Jeff Reed, Steelers

117

7.31

82.8

100.0

6/9

0/2

44

4

6.

Jay Feely, Giants

148

9.25

83.3

100.0

8/10

3/5

52

4

7.

Josh Brown, Seahawks

110

6.88

72.0

98.2

4/7

5/8

55

5

8.

Lawrence Tynes, Chiefs

125

7.81

81.8

97.8

4/8

2/3

52

3

9.

David Akers, Eagles

71

5.92

72.7

100.0

5/9

1/2

50

9

10.

Mike Vanderjagt, Cowboys *

121

7.56

92.0

100.0

7/8

0/0

48

3

11.

Jason Elam, Broncos

115

7.19

75.0

97.7

9/13

1/4

51

4

12.

Matt Stover, Ravens

113

7.06

88.2

100.0

11/14

0/0

49

7

13.

Nate Kaeding, Chargers

112

7.00

87.5

100.0

8/11

0/0

49

3

14.

Ryan Longwell, Vikings *

90

5.63

74.1

96.8

3/5

4/5

53

6

15.

Olindo Mare, Dolphins

108

6.75

83.3

100.0

6/6

1/2

53

8

16.

Jeff Wilkins, Rams

117

7.31

87.1

100.0

9/11

4/5

53

7

17.

John Hall, Redskins

63

6.30

72.7

100.0

5/6

0/1

45

8

18.

Rian Lindell, Bills

113

7.06

82.9

100.0

7/10

3/3

53

8

19.

Josh Scobee, Jaguars

107

6.69

76.7

97.4

5/10

2/3

53

6

20.

Matt Bryant, Buccaneers

94

6.27

84.0

100.0

10/11

1/2

50

4

21.

Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders

90

5.63

66.7

100.0

7/12

0/3

49

3

22.

Jason Hanson, Lions

84

5.60

79.2

100.0

4/7

2/4

52

8

23.

Phil Dawson, Browns

100

6.25

93.1

90.5

5/5

0/0

44

6

24.

Stephen Gostkowski,† Patriots *

101

8.42

88.0

100.0

7/7

3/3

53

6

25.

Joe Nedney, 49ers

97

6.47

92.9

100.0

10/10

2/3

56

7

26.

Rob Bironas, Titans

99

6.19

79.3

93.8

5/7

2/5

53

7

27.

John Carney, Saints

97

6.06

78.1

100.0

8/12

0/0

49

7

28.

Kris Brown, Texans

102

6.38

76.5

100.0

4/6

1/2

53

5

29.

Robbie Gould, Bears

82

6.31

77.8

95.0

3/8

0/0

45

7

30.

Mike Nugent, Jets

90

5.63

78.6

100.0

7/10

0/0

49

9

31.

Billy Cundiff, Packers *

29

4.83

62.5

100.0

0/0

1/1

56

6

32.

Tony Yelk,† Falcons *

62

5.50

66.7

83.3

1/6

0

47

5

*New team for2006 season † College stats

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