Bears kicker Cody Parkey has rebounded nicely from the his horrible performance against the Lions two weeks ago. Chicago beat Detroit 34-22 in the matchup, but Parkey somehow managed to clang four kicks off the uprights, costing his team 12 points.
The Bears had their second consecutive divisional game against the Vikings this past Sunday, and Parkey made all three of his field goal attempts, which helped his team secure a 25-20 victory. It’s rare to see a team get more excited than the Bears did when Parkey made his first kick against Minnesota. His extra practice before kickoff seems to have paid off, and Parkey could only describe the experience one way.
“Rewarding,” Parkey told the Chicago Tribune after his latest triumph. “Honestly, I try to stay very even-keeled, good or bad. The more I play, the more big kicks I’m going to hit. We try to minimize all the bad stuff that happens. This team did an amazing job (Sunday) helping me out.”
The fifth-year veteran earned NFC teams player of the week honors for his proficiency against the Vikings, and he’ll continue to put extra work in before games at Soldier Field, which has become notorious for it’s undesirable conditions.
Parkey will get a chance to avenge himself against the Lions on Thursday night at 12:30 p.m. ET. This time, he should benefit from playing in Detroit’s dome.
The Bears are in first place in the NFC North, and their kicker’s consistency could play a major role in keeping them there.