With a favorable matchup coming up this weekend against the Bills, the Vikings will have their first chance to see if they made the correct choice at kicker. Minnesota is replacing the rookie with veteran kicker Dan Bailey, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. During the 29-29 tie, Carlson missed two kicks in overtime, including a 35-yard attempt as time expired that would have given the Vikings the win at Lambeau Field. That sealed his fate, and when asked about Carlson's release, Zimmer was pretty blunt in his assessment. Upon his return, he missed five of 13 field goal attempts and also had the first two failed extra points of his seven-year National Football League career. "You think you've got a guy for a while, and then he goes out and misses three in a big game". Most recently, Blair Walsh missed a potential game-winning 27-yarder against the Seattle Seahawks in the 2016 Wild Card game.
They won't get that fifth round pick back, or the win that slipped away, but cutting bait now was a move the Vikings had to make. "That last one was probably more just confidence after missing twice (earlier)". He was released by Dallas in a surprise move at the end of the preseason. "That is frustrating. That shorter one I should never miss like that". Having someone with some experience in pressure situations, and kicking in tough road environments that aren't in the SEC (Carlson went to school at Auburn), may have sent the Vikings home with a 2-0 record Sunday afternoon.
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It really should not be too surprising to anyone that the Vikings cut ties with Carlson on Monday.