The Chicago Bears will be without their kicker vs Giants in Week 4

Chicago Bears - Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago Bears - Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /

The Chicago Bears ruled out Cairo Santos for their Week 4 showing vs the New York Giants today. Santos has been missing practice for personal reasons — we have yet to know what those personal reasons are and never might. Santos showed up on the injury report on Thursday and Friday and was questionable heading into the weekend. The Bears will be counting on the recently signed kicker, Michael Badgley to take over the role vs the Giants.

Badgley spent time with the Indianapolis Colts last season. He came in for an injured Rodrigo Blankenship and started 12 games for the Colts. During that span, he made 18 of 21 field goal attempts and all 39 of his extra point attempts. Over his career, Badgley has kicked for the Chargers, Colts and Titans. Throughout his career, he has made 80.5% of his field goals and 96.1% of his extra points.

Since joining the Chicago Bears for the second time, Cairo Santos has been phenomenal. In 2020, he made 30 of 32 kicks for a 93.8% field goal percentage. That number dropped off a bit last year when he only hit 26 of 30 attempts. This year, he has been perfect hitting four of four attempts but missed two extra points in the monsoon game in Week 1 vs the 49ers. He hasn’t missed an extra point since. Throughout his career, Santos has had an 84.0% field goal percentage.

The downfall of Santos has been his power. He’s not known as someone who can hit 50-plus-yard field goals consistently. However, he hit one last week along with the game-winning field goal vs the Texans. Throughout his career, Santos has only hit 11 of 23 field goals from 50-plus (47.8%). Since 2020, Santos is three for six from 50-plus yards.

Badgley hasn’t been any better from that distance. Throughout his career, he has hit only three of 10 attempts from beyond 49 yards (30%). From within the 40 to 49-yard range, Badgley only made 75% of his attempts from that range but was better last year from that range with the Colts. He made eight of his nine attempts.

Well, the Chicago Bears better hope that Badgley remains consistent from that range based on how the offense has played lately. This game could once again come down to field goals and the Bears cannot afford to miss any today. Hopefully, the initial reports are correct and they will have Velus Jones today.