Dan Bailey is breaking records.
His 26 consecutive field goals this season is an NFL rookie record (the next best rookie mark is 14). His four game-winning kicks - defined by the NFL as kicks made with less than two minutes remaining in regulation or in overtime - are also a league rookie mark. And he tied an NFL rookie record with six field goals made in the Week 3 win against the Washington Redskins.
If Bailey makes his next attempt, he'll tie the Cowboys franchise record of 27 set by Chris Boniol in 1997. For the season, Bailey is 27-for-28 on field goals; his only miss came early in the season on a 21-yard attempt against the 49ers. His 96.4 percent field goal percentage leads all kickers in the NFL. Bailey's 108 points scored so far is tied for the league lead and tops among rookies.
With so many superlatives to his credit, his teammates are suitably impressed:
"He's great. The guy has saved our butts two weeks in a row," cornerback Terence Newman said. "The poise that he has is unbelievable."
And Jason Witten, in his inimitable manner, pays him what Witten himself probably considers to be the greatest compliment possible.
"He goes about it the right way," Witten said. "He works hard and keeps his mouth shut."
Meanwhile, Bailey himself appears like he's not letting his early NFL success get to his head.
"I just go out there and try to go one-for-one and do my best," he said. "I'm just like everybody else. I try to work hard and do well in practice. You just have to go to work every day, do your best and, hopefully, it works out for you."
The only thing missing is a suitable monicker fro Dan Bailey. What should we call Dan Bailey?