Evan McPherson makes Bengals history
By Kristen Wong
Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson just broke the franchise record for the longest field goal on Sunday night against the Denver Broncos.
In a tense Week 15 matchup, the Bengals have yet to score a touchdown, but they’ve gotten points on the scoreboard early thanks to their rookie kicker.
The first half consisted of multiple punts with a very timid offensive showing from both sides.
Coach Zac Taylor called McPherson’s number twice, and both times, the rookie delivered.
It was his second completed field goal from 58 yards out that made Bengals franchise history.
Cincinnati Bengals rookie kicker Evan McPherson inks his name in franchise record books
Cincinnati’s offense has struggled to get going in the first half of the game — an issue the Bengals have had in recent weeks.
Luckily, they have a trusty leg to rely on in Evan McPherson.
The rookie out of Florida has made 84 percent of his field goal attempts and 94.9 percent of his extra point attempts.
His most impressive trait may be his long-distance accuracy: from 50-plus yards, McPherson has made seven of eight field goal attempts in 13 games.
Sunday will add two more to that tally, and McPherson isn’t done yet. McPherson continues to prove himself worthy of kicking in the pro leagues, and he’ll be around if the Bengals need him to step up late in this game.