Steelers kicker Chris Boswell had a strong start to his career, quickly locking up his position in Pittsburgh after connecting on 85-of-95 field goals (89.4 percent) through his first three seasons in the NFL. This year has not been quite as easy for Boswell, as he has struggled to produce at the same level.
Boswell has converted just 10-of-16 field goal attempts in 2018. Not only his he taking fewer field goals than in seasons past, but he is only connecting at a 62.5 percent clip. That is not only the worst mark of his career, but it's the second worst conversion rate by a Steelers kicker since 1980 by kickers with at least 10 field goal attempts, according to Reddit user u/JaguarGator9.
Chris Boswell 2018: 10/16 62.5% FG%— Daniel Valente (@StatsGuyDaniel) December 10, 2018
Josh Scobee 2015: 6/10 60.0% FG%
You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become Josh Scobee. #Steelers
Only Todd Peterson's 57.1 percent clip in 2002 has been worse than Boswell this year, dating back to 1980. The Steelers kicker has also missed a staggering five extra points, good for first in the NFL.
Boswell infamously slipped on a game-tying field goal attempt as time expired in the Steelers Week 14 matchup against the Raiders, sealing the disastrous loss for Pittsburgh.
when u put the team in field goal range to tie the game but remember chris boswell is ur kicker pic.twitter.com/MA8y3dylsd— ego (@EvgeniMaIkinEgo) December 10, 2018
Not only has Boswell come up short in key moments, he has struggled to kick long field goals. This season, he has hit just 3-of-8 field goal attempts from 40-49 yards out, and while those kicks aren't easy, you would expect a higher conversion rate from that distance.
The Steelers are now 7-5-1 and at real risk of missing out on the playoffs due to their current three game losing streak.