David Buehler made both of his field goal attempts Sunday, hitting from 49 and 40 yards. He was feeling better afterward, and the Cowboys had to be feeling better about him.
"I definitely went out Sunday with something to prove," Buehler said. "I knew I didn’t necessarily get the job done in weeks prior so I had to come out here and definitely lock in and lock in more than I was. That’s something that I learned. Sundays you've got to get the job done and obviously practice makes perfect. But you've got to make kicks on Sundays."
Buehler got off to a rough start as the Cowboys' field-goal kicker. He made only 2-of-4 in the first two games, missing from 34 and 44 yards. He missed four in practice Wednesday before the media's access period ended. (The media wasn't allowed to watch Buehler kick Thursday.)
"You can’t let it get to you," Buehler said. "People are going to stay stuff. I know what I have to take care of. Me and Chris [Boniol] work together on that, and it’s a good thing that I went through that. Obviously, I don’t want to miss kicks, but I learned to cope with it and learned to come back and capitalize upon it. So I’ve been through there and I know what to expect. [Texans kicker] Neil Rackers told me before the game that in kicking you're going to go through ups and downs and up and down. As long as you can just kind of keep it steady, that’s when you become a good kicker and have a successful career in the NFL."
The Cowboys twice passed on field-goal attempts on their first drive. They could have tried a 55-yarder, but instead went for it on fourth-and-one, and Felix Jones converted. Four plays later, they passed on a 47-yard attempt and failed to convert on fourth-and-two, turning the ball over on downs.
"The coach makes decisions," Buehler said. "I’ve just got to stay ready for whenever I’m called. That’s what I've got to wait for. If I’m called upon to make that 48-yarder, that’s when you go out there and do it. He’s an aggressive coach. I had an aggressive coach at SC. Coach [Pete] Carroll would always go for it on fourth-and-short, so I’m kind of used to that. So I’ve just got to stay prepared and stay ready to go.”
-- Charean Williams