“We have to be better in that area,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Thursday. “We’ve been good, but we have to improve.”
First-year punter Marquette King had taken over holding duties from Shane Lechler, who held for Janikowski since 2000 and signed with the Houston Texans. But Janikowski has uncharacteristically missed field-goal attempts from 48 and 35 yards out, typically gimme distances for the strong-legged kicker.
Janikowski has made five other kicks, though King took the blame for the 48-yard miss in Indianapolis. Replays showed the laces on the football were not turned all the way out on that kick. The Raiders lost that game 21-17 and had the ball at the Colts' 8-yard line in the final minute.
Both misses have been wide left for the left-footed kicker.
“We’re getting better,” Janikowski said last week. “We’re working every week. It’s getting better every week.”