On a day in which kickers around the NFL combined to miss an NFL-record 12 extra points, Bills kicker Dan Carpenter separated himself from his peers and helped lift Buffalo to a 16-12 road win over the Bengals.
Carpenter converted on all three of kicks against Cincinnati on Sunday. His 26-yard field goal in the second quarter helped the Bills extend their first-half lead to 10-6. His second conversion, which came from 54 yards away, put Buffalo back in front by a single point in the third quarter. Carpenter then capped off a 15-play, 88-yard drive with a 20-yard field goal to give the Bills a 16-12 lead with just under three minutes left to play in the game. Buffalo’s kicker also was successful in his lone extra point attempt in the first quarter.
Carpenter’s 54-yard attempt proved to be a historic one. The successful kick made him the franchise’s all-time leader in field goals of 50 or more yards with 14.
The 30-year-old kicker has now been honored with player of the week honors six times in his nine-year career. It’s also the second time he’s received that recognition as a member of the Bills.
Through 10 weeks, Carpenter has made 14 of his 18 field goal attempts, and he’s converted on 25 of his 27 extra point attempts.