Monday, October 17, 2011
Dan Bailey putting kicking job away
By Todd Archer
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.