Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – 53 yards is the career-long for Houston Texans field goal kicker Nick Novak and earlier this year he tied that mark at home against the Tennessee Titans.
This week on Monday night football in Mexico city, Novak just might have a chance to put that 53-yard mark to shame. Estadio Azteca stadium in Mexico city will be just about 1.4 miles above sea level.
For reference, Sports Authority Field in Denver has the highest altitude in the NFL and that is only one mile above sea level.
With the thinner air, the football can travel. Matt Prater for the Denver Broncos in 2013 booted the NFL’s longest field goal 64 yards and the mile high air historically has been home to some very long kicks.
In even higher altitude it’s understandable to think Novak just might get a shot at a very long kick.
After practice, Thursday Novak shared that he was accurate from around 65 yards with a stiff breeze at his back.
While there is no real way to simulate kicking the ball in the same conditions he will be working with in Mexico. Novak says the wind, which was blowing very hard Thursday afternoon is a good indicator of what could happen.
While Novak won’t be asking Bill O’Brien for a chance at a 70 yarder, if he can show during warmups that he can consistently put 60-yard field goals through the uprights. There could be a chance he gets a green light to give it a try.