WASHINGTON — Without Dustin Hopkins, the Washington Redskins might be reeling at 0-3 right now, instead of cautiously optimistic at 1-2. That’s because Hopkins has been the NFL’s best kicker to start the season, going 11-for-11, including five-for-five in last week’s 29-27 win.
For his efforts, he was named the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week, but will need extra room on the mantle.
Hopkins leads the NFL with 38 points this season and was also recognized as the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month on Friday. Through the first three contests, he is averaging nearly 13 points per game.
This comes at a time when the Redskins offense is off to an inauspicious start, particularly in the red zone. Through the first three contests, the Redskins have scored touchdowns on less than 22 percent of red zone trips, good for 31st in the NFL.
This has put Hopkins in a position to attempt more field goals than any other kicker this season, an area where he has excelled. He is one of just nine kickers to have not missed this season, and has been perfect from as far away as 49 yards.
Since signing with the Redskins in 2015, he has now converted 92.3 percent of his field goal attempts for three points. The Redskins record for points in a season is owned by fellow kicker Mark Moseley, who had 161 points in 1983.
That mark was good for second all-time in the NFL, and still stands as the eighth-most for a single season.
If Hopkins keeps up this incredible performance, he is on pace for 203 points, which would pass LaDainian Tomlinson’s 186 in 2006 for the most in NFL history.