Eddy Piñeiro Made 2 First-Half FGs, But Missed a PAT Because Nothing is Easy For Bears Kickers

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Eddy Piñeiro Made 2 First-Half FGs, But Missed a PAT Because Nothing is Easy For Bears Kickers

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Credit Tyler Bray for engineering a touchdown drive and Jesper Horsted for snagging a back-shoulder contested throw to give the Bears their first touchdown of the preseason finale.

Unfortunately, the kicking game reared its ugly head once again:

Eddy Piñeiro didn’t just miss the extra point (which was taken from about 33 yards out) after the touchdown, he missed it badly.

The snap was good, as was the hold. The ball wasn’t blocked or tipped at the line of scrimmage. It simply was a botched kick. Call it a shank. Or a hook job. But whatever it was, it wasn’t good. And now I’m feeling bad about the kicking situation.

And to think, it was all good just a few days ago when Piñeiro was perfect on field goals and extra points in the Bears’ preseason game against the Colts. That 58-yard field goal should have been a confidence builder, but that feels like a distant memory when the same guy is missing an extra-point.

Piñeiro bounced back to do this:

Bouncing back to make field goals from 32 and 39 yards in the second quarter to extend the Bears’ lead is fine and dandy. But after a bad miss early, it’s hard not to wonder if every kick is a make-or-break boot from here on out.

Stay tuned, Bears fans. I don’t think we’ve heard the last about Chicago’s kicking conundrum.

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.