The Dallas Cowboys can put up points at will with Dak Prescott at quarterback and a plethora of productive weapons. Even with that firepower, some drives just aren’t going to result in touchdowns, and the kicking game comes to the forefront.

Dallas is lucky in that department. Brett Maher, who is in his third stint with the Cowboys, has been lights putting his boot to the pigskin this season, and it was on full display in Week 10 versus the Vikings.

Maher nailed a 60-yard field goal before halftime, giving him four kicks made from that distance in his career, the most in NFL history.

The undrafted free agent snuck a 60-yard kick inside the upright just before halftime, but a strange occurrence happened. CeeDee Lamb’s spectacular sideline catch the play before was reviewed, and upheld, but that meant Maher would have to kick it again.

Normally in this situation, the odds of a kicker making another bomb from 60 yards wouldn’t be high. However, Maher was as cool as the other side of the pillow, as the late Stuart Scott would say. Not only did he make it again, but it was a better kick than his first, and the Cowboys took a 20-point lead into the third quarter.

The big day for Maher goes even deeper. He hit three field goals from over 50 yards, making him the first Cowboys’ kicker to have that many in a single game. Also, this gave Maher seven kicks made from that distance or longer on the season, the highest mark by a kicker in Cowboys’ history.

Maher is having an excellent 2022 campaign. He’s made 19 of his 21 field goal attempts so far, and his 90.5% success rate is the highest of his career. This is a complete turnaround from his last full season with the Cowboys in 2019 when Maher only made 66.7% of his attempts (20 out of 30).

It’s taken some time but Maher has morphed into one of the best and more reliable kickers in the NFL, and he could be looking at an All-Pro nod by the season’s end.

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