Packers K Crosby takes aim on better second half

Associated Press Modified: November 17, 2012 at 5:01 am •  Published: November 17, 2012
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Two weeks later, Crosby missed a 58-yard kick at the end of the first half at St. Louis' Edward Jones Dome. But he connected on three other field goals in the 30-20 win over the Rams.

"Unfortunately the first three, the situations were ideal (for kicking), but they were all over 50 (yards)," Crosby said of the string of misses.

What left a sour taste in his mouth and prompted him to forget about football over the bye week was a missed field goal in each of Green Bay's last two games, both at Lambeau Field.

Crosby had a 32-yard try hit off the right upright in the 24-15 win over Jacksonville on Oct. 28 and then pushed a 44-yard kick wide left in the 31-17 victory over Arizona a week later.

"The last two are the ones that you want to eliminate," Crosby said. "That's my focus, staying solid inside of 50 yards — I've got to make those kicks. And then outside of 50, it's just be smooth and put 'em through when I have those opportunities."

Shawn Slocum, Green Bay's special teams coordinator, has been encouraged by what he saw this week.

"Mason's been good," Slocum said. "He's had a very good week of practice, and as I said prior to the bye week, I thought he could get away and come back energized and ready to go to work. He's done that, and he looks really good kicking the ball."

Crosby knows much could be riding on his powerful and usually reliable right foot as the Packers contend for a repeat NFC North title and a return to the playoffs.

"Whenever I miss a kick, I always try to take full responsibility for what was on me and then move forward, because ultimately that's what we have to do," Crosby said. "This offense, we're going to get the opportunities, so I've got to take advantage."

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