One of the most consistent players on the Buffalo Bills roster for the last decade has been punter Brian Moorman. He was the only Bill to represent Buffalo on the NFL's All-Decade team and went to two Pro Bowls in 2005 and 2006. This season, however, Moorman is not living up to his lofty standards.
Through twelve games, Moorman is 18th in the NFL in total punting yards and net yards. He is 27th in punt average with 42.6 yards per punt. His net average is a mere 36.5 yards and 25th in the league.
If these averages hold it will be the third-worst punting average of his career and worst since 2007 when he averaged just 40.8 yards per punt. The most important statistic is net average and this season his is lower than every season since he averaged 36.0 net in 2002, his second year in the league. He's on pace for a normal number of punts this season.
Historically Moorman has been great despite playing in the swirling winds of Ralph Wilson Stadium. Even last year he had the highest per-punt average of his career and topped the magic number for kickers with 40.2 net yards per punt for the first time in his career.
Moorman needs just 12 punts to pass Chris Mohr (769) as the all-time leader in Buffalo Bills team history and passed Mohr earlier this season for first place on the yardage list with 32,950. He holds the team record for longest punt (84 yards) and yards per punt (43.5).
With the snowy weather forecast for Sunday and two more outdoor games in cold weather, his numbers are not likely to go up. The 34-year-old Moorman is signed for two more seasons at $1.425M a piece.