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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Dave Rayner's misses good for Cowboys

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- Sometimes the best moves you make are the ones you don’t make at all.

The Cowboys desperately wanted Dave Rayner to be their kicker. They signed the veteran the last week of the preseason and had him attempt two field goals at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium. He missed them both, including a badly hooked 36-yarder off the infield dirt to close the game. He missed a 51-yarder in the third quarter.

Because Rayner missed his attempts, the Cowboys were forced to go with Dan Bailey, and the undrafted rookie has been spectacular. He has made 20 of 21 tries this year, including 19 in a row, which is a team rookie record.

Incredibly, his only miss is a 21-yarder in Week 2 at San Francisco.

As for Rayner, he will be at Cowboys Stadium Sunday with Buffalo. The Bills signed him Tuesday with Rian Lindell suffering a shoulder injury against the New York Jets.