The Saints had way too many kicks blocked in 2016, which got me wondering how they ranked against the rest of the league during the Sean Payton era (2006-2016).  So, I looked it up on pfref.com.

In games where teams had a field goal blocked their record was 116-121-1, just slightly below .500.  The average distance of the blocked kicks (238 of them) was 40.71 yards.  David Akers had the most blocked (13) and he did it in only 11 games.  It took the 2nd place guy (Graham Gano) 12 games to get his 12 blocks.  The Great Dane only had 2 kicks blocked in his Hall of Fame career.  Wil Lutz already has 2.

Saints have had 8 kicks blocked during the Sean Payton era, but that’s not the worst.  4 different teams had 12 kicks blocked each (CHI, MIA, SF, GB), and 4 more had 11 blocked each (SEA, CLE, MIN, ATL).  Saints were tied for 16th, so they were just middle of the pack when it comes to getting field goals blocked.  Teams with the fewest field goals blocked: DEN, NE, BUF, and TEN.

Saints blocked 5 field goals of their own (23rd out of 32).  The team with the most blocks: ARI with 21, followed by CHI with 16, and SEA with 13.  Worst at getting blocks: KC with just 1.  A few teams only had 3: IND, SD, JAX, and NYJ.

The important stat is the net number of field goals blocked (the amount your team blocked minus the amount your team had blocked = the net).  So, if you blocked 10 field goals, but had 12 of your own field goals blocked, that would give you a net of -2, for example.)  Saints were -3 in net field goals blocked (not good, for those scoring at home).  Here is the complete list, sorted by net:

TEAM HAD BLOCKED BLOCKED NET
ARI 4 21 17
NE 2 10 8
OAK 4 11 7
DAL 4 9 5
BUF 3 8 5
CHI 12 16 4
NYG 6 10 4
TEN 3 7 4
DET 8 11 3
BAL 4 7 3
DEN 1 4 3
SEA 11 13 2
CIN 6 7 1
PHI 6 6 0
PIT 4 4 0
CLE 11 10 -1
TB 7 6 -1
MIN 11 9 -2
CAR 10 8 -2
HOU 9 7 -2
RAMS 8 6 -2
WAS 9 6 -3
NO 8 5 -3
IND 6 3 -3
MIA 12 8 -4
SF 12 8 -4
SD 7 3 -4
JAX 9 3 -6
ATL 11 4 -7
NYJ 10 3 -7
KC 8 1 -7
GB 12 4 -8

And here’s a handy dandy little chart:

NFL net blocked field goals 2006-2016

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