Report: Lions to try out kickers, given David Akers' struggles
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (11/30/13) Lions coach Jim Schwartz gave kicker David Akers a vote of confidence recently, but that doesn't mean that team isn't looking for possible replacements. According to the Detroit Free Press, the Lions plan on working out kickers next week, after Akers missed his fifth field goal of the season in Week 13 against the Packers.
David Akers makes a field goal, misses a field goal
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (11/28/13) Lions kicker David Akers nailed a 27-yard field goal but was wide right on a 31-yard try playing vs. the Packers on Thanksgiving Day. He made five extra points.
Akers will take on his former team, the Eagles, in Philadelphia in Week 14.
David Akers all but idle against Buccaneers
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (11/24/13) Lions placekicker David Akers wasn't busy Sunday. He was not called upon to attempt any field goals and managed just three extra points in the loss to Tampa Bay.
David Akers perfect on field goal attempts
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (11/17/13) Lions kicker David Akers hit both his field goal attempts Week 11 against the Steelers.
Akers hit from 19 and 35 yards against Pittsburgh. He also hit all three of his extra point attempts. After a strong offensive showing in the first half, the Lions sputtered in the second half, giving Akers no opportunities.
Akers will take on the Buccaneers Week 12.
Lions have 'a lot of confidence' in David Akers
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (11/11/13) Lions kicker David Akers missed his fourth field goal of the season Sunday against the Bears, but coach Jim Schwartz blamed the miss on the windy conditions at Soldier Field. Schwartz added the Lions have "a lot of confidence" in Akers since two of his missed field goals have been blocked kicks.
"Yeah, you can't hold a kicker responsible on blocks, unless he hits the ball low or something like that, which he didn't on our blocks," Schwartz said, per MLive.com.
David Akers landed on his feet after the 49ers cut him in February. He signed with the Lions in April, and that might be a slight upgrade. He joins a high-powered offense and gets to kick indoors at home. This could be the boost Akers needs after his amazing fall from grace. In 2011, Akers was the No. 1 kicker in all Fantasy leagues. Akers had 186 Fantasy points in a standard league and made 44 of 52 field goals with seven kicks of at least 50 yards and 34 extra points. But in 2012, he fell apart with 131 points. He missed eight field goals and his conversion rate of 69 percent was the lowest in his career. He should rebound with the Lions, and Akers is still worth a last-round pick in the majority of leagues. He will once again be a No. 1 Fantasy option this season. (Updated 4/25/13)