IRVING, Texas– You know it's been a tough season when arguably the most consistent area on the team in 2015, field goal kicking, sails a little too far right in yet another winnable game during this seven-game losing streak.
Dan Bailey's streak of consecutive made field goals ended last Sunday in Tampa Bay when he missed a 48-yard attempt in the second quarter of the Cowboys' 10-6 loss. He made his two other tries to improve to 18-for-19 this season.
Looking back, had the 48-yard miss been good, the offense would've been trailing by only one point and playing for a field goal to win on the final drive instead of playing for a touchdown. Clearly, though, the Cowboys have plenty of faith in their fifth-year kicker. Bailey's 21-kick streak tied his 2012-13 total (21) for the fifth-longest streak in team history.
For his career, Bailey is 132-of-146 on field goal attempts, a 90.4 percent conversion rate. He said the wind at Raymond James Stadium just didn't bring the ball back inside the post.
"He is a great player," head coach Jason Garrett said. "And we have given him so many opportunities through the years to score points for us, to win games for us, and he always comes through. So we will keep giving him chances.
"I think he kicked it the way he wanted to kick it. It just stayed straight on him. He didn't make the kick. But if we get in that situation again, we will definitely give him another opportunity."