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After crushing three field goals of more than 50 yards on Sunday, and after launching a kickoff through the uprights from 75 yards away, Justin Tucker said a 70- or 75-yard field goal is definitely a possibility.

Tucker this past summer created quite a stir when he said he thought he could hit an 84-yard field goal in the right conditions; he said he hit the crossbar from 85 yards away in pregame warmups in the thin air of Denver.

That claim was ridiculed by Broncos kicker Brandon McManus and punter Dustin Colquitt.

McManus offered to fly Tucker to Denver to try the kick -- but would only pay for the trip if he made it.

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Colquitt told a Denver radio station, ""I looked at that and I laughed. Let's start here: Tucker loves Tucker. He loves himself so much."

It's obvious that Tucker is confident. As Joe Flacco said on Sunday, "He’s earned the right to feel the way that he feels about himself. But, I mean," Flacco added with a grin, "he’d feel that way anyway.”

By any measuring stick, Tucker has been the league's best kicker this year. He is the only one without a miss -- 27-for-27 on field goals and 15-for-15 on extra-point kicks. He leads the league with 27 field goals and is 7-for-7 from beyond 50 yards.

 

So after drilling three more long field goals on Sunday -- all three 50-plus field goals cleared the crossbar with room to spare -- Tucker was asked again about his range.

"Throwing out some hypothetical numbers in the preseason, I got some flak for it, but I'll double down on it, for sure.

"I mean, it is in the realm of possibility, for me, with (long-snapper Morgan Cox and holder Sam Koch) to hit the ball from well across midfield, we're talking about 70, 75 yards."

Tucker's career long, and the Ravens franchise record, is 61 yards. The NFL record is 64 yards, set by former Broncos kicker Matt Prater.

Will those records be broken? If so, Tucker might just be the one to do it.

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