Dan Bailey putting kicking job away

October, 17, 2011
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Dan Bailey continues to keep a stranglehold on the kickers job and his kickoffs were solid in his first outdoor game.

Bailey made field goals of 48, 22 and 26 yards to give him a streak of 14 straight made attempts, which is the second-longest run by a Dallas rookie. Richie Cunningham had 18 in a row in 1997.

His streak is the fifth best overall in team history and he needs two more to tie Nick Folk for fourth. Folk made 16 in a row from 2008-09.

But Bailey’s weakness was supposed to be his kickoffs, which is why the Cowboys elected to keep David Buehler, who missed his third straight game because of a groin injury. Bailey did not have a touchback Sunday, but New England’s best starting position after a kickoff was its 27. Two kickoffs went to the goal line, two went to the 3 and one went to the 6.

Buehler has to get healthy in a hurry or risk losing his spot on the 53-man roster.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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