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Hope Detroit Lions fans are thirsty. Matt Prater 'definitely' thinks he can kick 65-yarder

Take comfort you hollow-legged beer drinkers of Detroit. Matt Prater still has plenty of strength, and confidence, in his record-breaking leg.

The Detroit Lions kicker, who set the NFL record with a 64-yard field goal in 2013, didn’t hesitate Tuesday when he was asked if he could kick a 65-yarder.

“I definitely think I could,” he said in a Zoom call with reporters. “I feel really good this year going into it. I feel like I’m in better shape. I feel better, my leg feels really fresh right now.

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“It’s like anything else, as a kicker there’s probably a dozen guys in the league that can make a 65-yarder. It’s just getting the opportunity in an actual game and then coming through on that kick.”

That’s great news for Detroiters who are 21 and love beer. After Prater’s prodding on Twitter, Bud Light turned a recent promotional event for Broncos kicker Brandon McManus to break Prater’s record this year into a two-man competition. Whoever kicks the longer field goal wins free beer for his city.

“It really comes down to just making (every kick) you get the opportunity to make,” Prater said, “and hopefully we get a longer one that Denver does this year.”

You have to like Prater’s chances. He has converted field goals of 58 or 59 yards in five seasons, plus his 64-yarder and his conversion rate from at least 50 yards is 76.8%. McManus’ career long is 57 yards and his conversion rate from at least 50 yards is 48.5%.

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Prater, who turns 36 on Monday, is seven years older than McManus. He admits his leg doesn’t have the power it had when he was really young — although he was 29 when he set the record. But he still has plenty of oomph and a lot more accuracy.

“But I’m definitely not as strong as I was when I was 22 to 25 years old,” he said. “But I'm a lot more consistent. So it’s kind of like evolving with my body change and getting a little bit older. But I’ve kind of changed into kicking it a little straighter.”

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