As if the holding wasn’t bad enough, Tynes said today that even though he’s played just one October game in the New Meadowlands Stadium that it is a more confusing environment for kickers than Giants Stadium was.
“I have no idea what it’s doing,” Tynes said of the winds. “It’s tough. Sunday was tough. It’s interesting. It’s a lot different than the old place. It’s definitely different. It changes every 10 or 15 minutes. Those openings have definitely made it a more difficult test.”
Tynes said it was understandable that Dodge was late getting his hold down on Sunday’s 38-yard attempt and wound up with the laces facing Tynes. There was a fine rain falling at the time and the ball was slick and Dodge, who had dropped the ball on a punt earlier, caught the ball too close to his body to make sure he had it rather than out in front of him. But Tynes noted that the weather cannot be an excuse.
“The weather is only going to get more difficult,” he said. “Thankfully we won, but we have to keep working because the conditions are going to get tougher.”