Longtime reader and blogger Eddy Elfenbein crunches the numbers on NFL kicking accuracy. If you think passing numbers are through the roof, check this out:
This season, kickers have nailed 45 of their 63 attempts from 50 yards or more. That’s more accurate than the league was from any distance 25 years ago. Since 1994, long range accuracy has doubled and long-range attempts-per-game are up by more than 63% from just five years ago.
There's bound to be some regression to the mean, and bad weather has yet to set in, but those numbers are a very high perch from which to fall and they're part of a very long-term trend.