Altitude and Field Goals
But what about altitude? How does the thin air of Denver’s Mile High Stadium affect field goal success?
Kicks in Denver do indeed have longer range, to the tune of about 5 yards.
Anyone who's been reading here as far back as July knows precisely where this is going. Thanks to Denver's altitude alone, the Broncos don't need to pay any kicker $4.25M (as they are with Matt Prater this season), or $3.25M/year over a contract (Prater's average salary from 2012 to 2015), even less one of the most inaccurate ones in the league.
This is only compounded by the presence of one Peyton Manning, a man from whom
John Fox we never want the ball taken away. All thirteen of Denver's wins this season have been by at least seven points, and none of them hinged upon a field goal attempt.