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Competition between Rackers, Brown one to watch in Houston

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By Mike Wilkening

The Texans' addition of ex-Cardinal Neil Rackers sets up an intriguing PK competition between Rackers and Kris Brown, who has held the position since the franchise began play in 2002. Brown, 33, hit just 21-of-32 field-goal attempts last season for a career-worst accuracy rate of 65.6 percent. Also, he missed a couple of big kicks, failing to connect on a game-tying 42-yard field goal at Indianapolis and a 49-yarder vs. the Titans. Rackers, also 33, connected on 16-of-17 FG attempts in the '09 regular season but missed his most crucial try of the campaign — a 34-yarder he pushed wide left in the wild-card round vs. Green Bay, a game that Arizona eventually won. In seven seasons with Arizona, Rackers, who reportedly signed a two-year, $4.1 million contract with Houston, was usually reliable, connecting on 82.6 percent of his field goals. By contrast, Brown has hit 77.1 percent of his FG tries with Houston. This figures to be a competition closely watched around the league, as both kickers have relatively strong legs and have proven they can be dependable. Before struggling last season, Brown hit 29-of-33 FG attempts in 2008 (87.9 percent accuracy) and 25-of-29 attempts in '07 (86.2).

 

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