Stephen Gostkowski is on a roll. The kicker hasn't missed a field goal since the 43-yarder he shanked in New England's Sept. 12 win over the Jets, hitting a career-high 17 in a row.

Just don't bring it up.

"I don't openly talk about it," he said Friday. "I'm not superstitious, but I don't like to talk about it. I really don't think about it. It's a game-to-game thing."

Gostkowski is having his best statistical season. He's converted 95.7 percent of his field-goal attempts, including two from 50-plus yards. One of them, from 54 yards out, was not only his personal longest but also the ninth 50-plus-yard kick of his career, which broke Adam Vinatieri's previous team record of eight.

"I don't keep up with stats," Gostkowski shrugged. "Obviously I can tell when I kick a couple field goals a game, but I don't go around comparing myself to other people or how many I made one year compared to other years. My goal is to go out there and hit that first kickoff well, and my first kick for extra point well. If I do that, then good. And if I go out there and screw up, I start another one. That's how I look at it."

It's not just the invocation of Vinatieri that's earned him more attention in recent weeks; Gostkowski's numbers more than justify it. His 38 touchbacks are second-most in the NFL, behind Denver's Matt Prater. Of 54 total kickoffs, only 16 have been returned, which is the third-lowest return percentage in the league.