Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/28/12
After mourning a Tim Tebow comeback attempt fallen short in the preseason, it's safe to say that no one values their kickers right now more than Rex Ryan and the anemic New York Jets.Except Norv Turner and the San Diego Chargers.On Friday night, Nick Novak nailed a 45-yard game-winning field goal as time expired, notching the undefeated Bolts a 12-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings. He and Nate Kaeding, who blasted scores of 50 and 54 yards, combined to provide all of the Chargers points.Novak was signed to be the starting placekicker last season, when Kaeding tore his ACL on the opening play of 2011 and was lost for the season, unknowingly dooming the Chargers' campaign.That being said, despite a decent performance a year ago (converting 27-of-34 field goals) and this recent impressive showing in exhibition clutch, don't expect San Diego to limit Kaeding's 86.5 percent career efficiency to a David Buehler-type role.However, while Novak has certainly earned the opportunity to auditio...
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