My best guess as to what’s ailing Vikings kicker Blair Walsh:

Kicking outside, particularly in a stadium noted for tricky winds like TCF Bank, has impacted some of Walsh’s kicks directly (by pushing them around) and indirectly (by playing with his head).

In the long term, returning inside for home games next year should cure a lot of Walsh’s ills. When you feel confident, mechanics seem to fall into place.

In the short term, Walsh and the Vikings need to hope the kicking game rounds into shape in 2015 — and doesn’t derail what in many ways looks to be a promising year.

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