It isn’t like a no-hitter in baseball. Nick Folk will talk about his streak. He’d just rather not.
The Jets kicker isn’t superstitious. It just serves no purpose to relive the past.
“The way I look at the whole thing is the only important kick is the next one,” Folk said in a phone interview. “We can talk about the past, but the only important one is the opening kickoff of the next game if that’s what it is or the first field goal or the first extra point, whatever we kick next. That’s kind of the way I’ve been approaching this season is just trying to worry about the next one, and put all the rest behind me.
“It’s good to build off that stuff. At the same time, you’ve got to keep moving forward, and that’s what I’ve been doing.”
Folk has made all 23 of his attempts this season, one short of Jay Feely’s team record for consecutive field goals. He still is a long way from Mike Vanderjagt’s NFL record of 42 straight.
Folk, a sixth-round pick of the Cowboys in 2007, leads the NFL in field goals. Only two other kickers are perfect this season, and Jacksonville’s Josh Scobee and Denver’s Matt Prater each have only 12 attempts.
“If we win the Super Bowl, yeah, it’d be great,” Folk said of the record. “If we don’t, then it’s meaningless. I’ve said this since Day 1 when I got in the league: I’d rather kick a bunch of extra points and us win every game rather than me kick a ton of field goals and us losing games. I’d rather win than worry about what stats are at the end of the year.”
Folk has kicked three game-winners this season, beating Tampa Bay with a 48-yarder, Atlanta with a 43-yarder and New England with 42-yarder in overtime. He keeps the footballs from his game-winners, which he will display in his new off-season house in Dallas.
Folk spent the Jets’ off week two weeks ago with his wife Julianne and the couple’s 3-month-old twin boys, Gage and Davis, in Texas getting the house situated.
Life, he said, is perfect.
Jenkins doing well
Mike Jenkins smiled when he heard Cowboys fans might have a different appreciation for him now that he is gone, and their team’s secondary struggling.
It became obvious during the 2012 off-season that the cornerback, in the last year of his contract, was in his final season in Dallas. The Cowboys signed Brandon Carr to a $50.1 million deal and traded up to draft Morris Claiborne sixth overall. Jenkins, who was coming off reconstructive shoulder surgery, would have preferred to have gone elsewhere for a chance to start. He ended up playing 13 games for the Cowboys last season, starting two, before signing with the Raiders in the off-season.
“It was very frustrating for me,” Jenkins said during an interview at the Raiders’ facility. “I think the most frustrating part was coming back from my injury, I knew I would be back and ready to go on time. Those guys didn’t. I felt a certain type of way about how they treated the situation. At the end of the day, it was probably better for me. I got a chance to get back 100 percent [before free agency].”
Jenkins and Tracy Porter have been upgrades to the Raiders secondary. Jenkins has allowed 29 catches on 44 targets for 370 yards and three touchdowns, according to Pro Football Focus.
“It took me a while to get in and get acquainted with the place,” Jenkins said. “I had to do a little extra studying because it was a little different than Rob Ryan’s defense and Wade Phillips’ defense. But I actually like it out here. It was a great fit for me, coming in and trying to get back on track.”
Jenkins credits the Cowboys for getting him where he is today, grateful to Jason Witten and Terence Newman, among others, for teaching him how to be a pro.
Gary Kubiak remembers very little from his warning stroke.
“The only thing I really remember was getting a really bad headache right after Andre [Johnson] scored that touchdown,” the Texans coach said in a conference call. “I think there were like 20 seconds left in the half. … Really from there, it’s a blur for me. I don’t remember much. I remember being in the hospital and obviously talking to a lot of people once I got there, but I don’t really remember a whole lot. Maybe that’s a good thing.”
Kubiak, 52, spent two nights in a Houston hospital after collapsing on the field from a transient ischemic attack, a condition that temporarily stops blood flow to the brain and causes stroke-like symptoms.
After missing the game against the Cardinals on Sunday, he returned last week to a reduced schedule.
“I don’t know if you want to say it’s a wake up call or whatever it is, but it makes you really appreciate the opportunity you have,” the former A&M quarterback said. “It reassures you how much you love what you do.”
My five cents
The Eagles defense allowed 34.5 points per game in the first four games, which included nine touchdown passes. In the past six games, Philadelphia is allowing only 17.7 points per game and has given up six passing touchdowns. The Eagles defense also has improved its third-down efficiency and its red-zone percentage, too.
Falcons running Steven Jackson has played in only five games. He has 47 carries for 151 yards and no touchdowns. The Seahawks held him to 11 yards on nine attempts last week.
2014 NFL Draft
Dane Brugler of CBS Sports and NFLDraftScout.com gives his top-10 senior defensive tackles and top-five draft-eligible underclassmen at the position:
1. Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota
2. Dominique Easley, Florida
3. DaQuan Jones, Penn State
4. Will Sutton, Arizona State
5. Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
6. Daniel McCullers, Tennessee
7. Deandre Coleman, California
8. Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State
9. Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech
10. Bruce Gaston, Purdue
1. Louis Nix, Notre Dame
2. Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
3. Anthony Johnson, LSU
4. Danny Shelton, Washington
5. Ego Ferguson, LSU