ARLINGTON, Texas — Dan Bailey is quickly becoming one of his team's most valuable players.
And in Monday night's win over the Washington Redskins, the former Oklahoma State kicker is the only Dallas Cowboy you'll find in the scoring summary.
Bailey, who played his high school football at Yukon's Southwest Covenant, was a perfect six-for-six Monday, accounting for all of Dallas' points in its 18-16 victory at Cowboys Stadium.
The Cowboys (2-1) won their second straight, and both wins have come on Bailey's leg.
In Week 2 at San Francisco, Bailey hit the game-winning 19-yard field goal in overtime, minutes after drilling a 48-yard, tying field goal as time expired in regulation.
“He has a really good demeanor for a kicker and for a football player,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said of Bailey, an undrafted rookie who won the Lou Groza Award for the nation's best college kicker.
“I thought it was a really good example of him going out, regardless of circumstances, doing his job and knocking the ball through the uprights.”
Dallas' offense struggled through much of Monday's game — especially deep in Washington territory. But Bailey was the Cowboys' Mr. Reliable from the team's first offensive drive.
After Washington opened the game with a field goal to take a 3-0 lead, the Cowboys went nine plays and 57 yards to the Redskins' 23, but quarterback Tony Romo missed tight end Jason Witten on two straight passes.
Bailey hit a 41-yard field goal to tie the game back up.
The Cowboys intercepted Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman on Washington's first possession of the second quarter, taking over on the Redskins 18.
But the Cowboys couldn't get a first down, and Bailey was called upon again.
He added a 32-yard field goal late in the first half, and the game was tied at 9 at the break.
After Washington took a 16-9 lead in the third quarter on the game's only touchdown — a 1-yard touchdown pass from Grossman to tailback Tim Hightower — the Cowboys drove 57 yards in seven plays, and Bailey hit a 41-yard field goal.
Bailey's final two field goals came on the Cowboys' final two drives of the game. The Cowboys drove 76 and 64 yards, respectively, but their offense fizzled deep in Redskins' territory.
Bailey's 40-yard field goal with 1:52 left in the game and Anthony Spencer's fumble recovery on Washington's ensuing drive sealed the Cowboys' win.
Bailey was also effective on kickoffs, as Dallas kickoff specialist, David Buehler, had to sit out Monday's game with a groin injury.
Five of Bailey's seven kickoffs went into the end zone, and three were kneeled down for touchbacks.
On the season, Bailey has now hit nine of 10 attempts, with his only miss coming early in the San Francisco win.