Matt Prater

Arizona Cardinals
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Arizona Cardinals
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Finishes sixth in scoring average

Prater struck true on 30 of 37 field-goal attempts and 47 of 49 point-after tries in 17 contests during the 2021 season.

Analysis: The Cardinals finished with the 11th-ranked scoring offense at 26.4 points per game, but Prater himself ended up in a tie for sixth among kickers that made at least 16 appearances with the Ravens' Justin Tucker at 8.1 points per game. Arizona has a number of key skill players set to become unrestricted free agents in March -- RBs James Conner and Chase Edmonds, WRs A.J. Green and Christian Kirk and TEs Zach Ertz and Maxx Williams -- but being attached to a Kyler Murray-led offense should continue to be beneficial for Prater, who is locked up for $4.5 million in 2022.

Jan 20, 2022 7:25 PM EST

Racks up 12 points in Week 18

Prater made all three field-goal attempts and all three point-after tries during Sunday's 38-30 defeat to the Seahawks.

Analysis: With the 12-point performance, Prater pushed his way into a tie for sixth with Justin Tucker in terms of point per game (8.1) among kickers who played at least 16 games. While his success rate on FGAs (81.1 percent) is his second lowest since 2014, he has nailed 47 of 49 PATs (95.9 percent) on the campaign. Prater will look to keep it up in Monday's wild-card game versus the Rams.

Jan 11, 2022 10:13 AM EST

Matches season high

Prater made all four of his field-goal attempts as well as his only extra-point try in Sunday's 25-22 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Prater tied his season high in points by converting field goals from 24, 53, 26 and 38 yards. In doing so, he not only rebounded from missing three kicks in Week 16, but Prater also helped Arizona clinch a three-point win. The veteran now sports 125 points heading into the final game of the season, placing in the top 10 at his position league-wide.

Jan 4, 2022 9:22 PM EST

Misses three kicks

Prater missed two of three field-goal attempts and one of two extra-point tries in Saturday's 22-16 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Prater missed from 51 yards to begin the game, then failed with his PAT after Arizona scored on its next drive. The veteran subsequently hit the right upright with a 41-yarder in the second half, before finally closing with a make from 28 yards. In the end, Prater's misses proved costly and directly contributed toward the Cardinals losing a third straight game. He'll strive to rebound from arguably his worst performance of the campaign in Week 17 versus the Cowboys.

Dec 28, 2021 5:59 PM EST

Converts two field goals

Prater converted both of his field-goal attempts in Sunday's 30-12 loss to the Lions.

Analysis: The Cardinals struggled at Ford Field on Sunday, but Prater drilled a pair of 29-yarders in the second half to put the team on the board. Although he saw limited action against the Lions on Sunday, the 37-year-old has now made multiple field goals in each of the last three games, and he's converted all seven of his field-goal attempts while making all five of his extra-point tries during that time.

Dec 20, 2021 8:01 AM EST

Drills deep kicks

Prater made all three of his field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point tries in Monday night's 30-23 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Prater was dialed in from long distance, converting from 53 yards twice before making a 49-yard field goal on his final attempt. With a pair of PATs as well, Prater put together his fourth double-digit scoring performance this season. Now with 102 points on the year, Prater ranks seventh among kickers league-wide.

Dec 14, 2021 3:29 PM EST

Connects on all five kicks

Prater nailed both field-goal attempts and all three point-after tries during Sunday's 33-22 victory at Chicago.

Analysis: In the Cardinals' last game back in Week 11 at Seattle, Prater put together his worst showing of the season, missing a pair of field goals and an extra point. This time around, he had veritable layups when Arizona's offense faltered in the red zone, connecting from 33 and 25 yards. The nine-point effort ensured that Prater returned to the top 10 among kickers on a per-game basis (7.6, tied with the Eagles' Jake Elliott). Prater will aim to keep up the momentum next Monday versus the Rams.

Dec 6, 2021 9:07 PM EST

Misses three kicks

Prater missed two of three field-goal attempts and one of three extra-point tries in Sunday's 23-13 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Prater converted his first PAT before missing his second as well as a 39-yard field goal during the second quarter. Although he responded by hitting a 53-yard attempt to begin the second half, Prater subsequently missed a 36-yarder in the fourth. He ended by making another extra point, but overall it was Prater's worst performance of the campaign. Considering he'd gone five straight games without a miss prior to Sunday, Prater will aim to get back on track when the Cardinals return from their bye to face the Bears in Week 13.

Nov 23, 2021 4:18 PM EST

Makes both kicks

Prater made his only field-goal attempt as well as his lone extra-point try in Sunday's 34-10 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Prater's opportunities were limited due to Arizona's offensive struggles without starting quarterback Kyler Murray (ankle). The veteran converted from 47 yards on his field goal, helping bring his season tally to 77 points through 10 games.

Nov 16, 2021 2:39 PM EST

Nets seven points

Prater made his only field-goal attempt as well as all four of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 31-17 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Prater converted from 26 yards on his lone field goal and has now gone four straight games without a miss. His 73 points through nine games currently places him fourth league-wide at his position.

Nov 9, 2021 2:36 PM EST

Just three points

Prater did not attempt a field goal but made all three of his extra-point tries in Week 8's 24-21 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Prater was only called upon for PATs and has now attempted just one field goal over the Cardinals' past two games. Despite his season-low tally in Week 8, the veteran still sports 66 points so far, trailing just three kickers league-wide.

Nov 2, 2021 2:33 PM EST

Puts up seven points Sunday

Prater made his only field-goal attempt and all four point-after tries during Sunday's 31-5 win versus the Texans.

Analysis: Prater's seven points were his second fewest of the season -- tied with Week 3 at Jacksonville -- but he remains embedded in the top five in scoring in the NFL at nine points per game (tied with the Patriots' Nick Folk). As a beneficiary of the Cardinals' Kyler Murray-led offense, Prater can continue to be utilized in lineups on a weekly basis, including Thursday's showdown with the Packers.

Oct 25, 2021 8:56 PM EST

Nails all seven kicks in Week 6

Prater went 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts and 4-for-4 on point-after tries during Sunday's 37-14 victory at Cleveland.

Analysis: Prater matched his season best from Week 4 with 13 points Sunday, marking the third time in six games in which he's reached double digits. Overall, he's missed three of 14 FGAs and none of his 23 PATs en route to 9.3 points per game, which is good for third highest among NFL kickers this season. It helps to be attached to the Cardinals' No. 4 scoring offense (32.3 points per game), providing the backdrop for Prater to be a regular in lineups.

Oct 19, 2021 10:18 AM EST

Misses kick Sunday

Prater missed one of his two field-goal attempts but made both of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 17-10 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Prater's lone misfire came on an ambitious, 61-yard attempt as the first half expired. Prior to then, he converted on a 21-yarder during the second quarter. With five total points Sunday, Prater now boasts 43 on the season, currently ranking fifth in the category among kickers league-wide.

Oct 12, 2021 10:25 AM EST

Second perfect game of season

Prater made all three field-goal attempts and was 4-for-4 on point-after tries during Sunday's 37-20 road victory versus the Rams.

Analysis: With the Cardinals putting up 30-plus points in all four games this season, Prater has been busy, matching the Chiefs' Harrison Butker for the NFL lead with 17 successful PATs. But Prater has vaulted himself into the top five in points per game among kickers with seven made field goals, averaging 9.5 points weekly. He'll look to keep up the pace Sunday against the 49ers' 22nd-ranked scoring defense (25.5 per game).

Oct 4, 2021 7:44 PM EST

Misses kick in win

Prater missed one of two field-goal attempts but made all four of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 31-19 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Prater's miss came on an ambitious 68-yard attempt to end the first half, which unsurprisingly came up short and was then miraculously returned 109 yards for a touchdown, tying for the longest play in NFL history. The veteran kicker got back on track by converting a more customary 34-yarder in the second half and with the help of four more PATs, Prater has now scored at least seven points in each of Arizona's first three games.

Sep 28, 2021 12:23 PM EST

Hits all six kicks Week 2

Prater made both field-goal attempts and all four point-after tries during Sunday's 34-33 win versus the Vikings.

Analysis: After scoring eight points in the Cardinals' season opener, Prater again was busy with Kyler Murray and company going up and down the field. On this occasion, though, Prater made his one field goal longer than 40 yards, nailing a 62-yarder as time expired in the first half. With 18 points so far on his ledger through two games, he sits in a tie for seventh among kickers with the Giants' Graham Gano.

Sep 20, 2021 6:33 PM EST

Near perfect Sunday

Prater was 1-for-2 on field-goal attempts and 5-for-5 on point-after tries during Sunday's 38-13 win in Tennessee.

Analysis: Prater did have one foible on the day, missing a 43-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. Otherwise, he was on point, making a 34-yarder and also recording touchbacks on six of his seven kickoffs. Assuming the Cardinals offense continues to operate at a high level behind quarterback Kyler Murray, Prater should be afforded plenty of options to produce on a weekly basis.

Sep 12, 2021 7:41 PM EST

Links up with Cardinals

Prater signed a two-year contract with Arizona on Wednesday.

Analysis: After enduring a disappointing year with Zane Gonzalez, the Cardinals are turning to a 14-year veteran coming off seven seasons in Detroit. Prater is a two-time Pro Bowler who boasts an 83.2% career field-goal conversion rate, though he dropped all the way down to 75% in 2020. The 36-year-old will be looking to bounce back in Arizona this season, and being part of a high-scoring offense led by Kyler Murray could lead to plenty of fantasy upside.

Mar 17, 2021 4:15 PM EST

Converts 50-yarder

Prater converted his only field-goal attempt and two of three PATs during Sunday's 37-35 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Prater got one chance at a field goal from 54 yards out and he made the most of it. However, the veteran missed wide left on one of his PATs and Detroit subsequently felt the need to go for two on a pair of ensuing extra-point attempts, costing Prater's output even further. While Prater will now finish his age-36 campaign with a six-year low in field-goal conversions (21) and one of the lowest conversion rates (74 percent) of his career, fantasy managers should keep in mind that all seven of his misses came on kicks from at least 40 yards and four of those came from beyond 50. As he also remains one of the most consistent PAT kickers league-wide, Prater has a great chance to continue on as a solid fantasy option depending on the team with which the impending free agent chooses to sign with this offseason.

Jan 3, 2021 4:50 PM EST

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