Saturday, December 29, 2012
Dan Bailey not worried about the cold
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas – Colder temperatures are expected for Sunday's regular-season finale at FedEx Field, but Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey isn't too concerned.
Bailey has not kicked in cold weather much, but the conditions during the week at Valley Ranch should help him heading to what is expected to be a messy track Sunday.
“They’ll probably have more grass on the field, but as far as how sold the ground is or how soft the ground will be, I think it’ll be pretty similar,” Bailey said. “I’ve heard of guys going out with a water hose (at practice) and messing it up, but I’ve never done anything like that.”
Colder temperatures mean the ball will not travel as far on field-goal attempts or kickoffs, which could lead to some different decision-making by the coaching staffs.
“It’s going to be cold, but it’s going to be cold for everybody,” Bailey said.
If it comes down to the kicking game, then the Cowboys will have a good feel for the Redskins’ Kai Forbath. He was with the Cowboys last year but could never get right because of a quadriceps injury. The Cowboys released him in April and he joined the Redskins this year after another former Cowboy, Billy Cundiff, struggled.
Forbath is 17-of-17 on field-goal attempts this year, including 11-of-11 from 40-49 yards. Bailey has made 28-of-30 attempts, including 13 in a row.