One of the most important parts of practice this week for the Dallas Cowboys is making sure kicker Brett Maher is good to go for Sunday's Divisional Round matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. Maher missed four of his five extra-point attempts against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, so Dallas needs to know it can count on its kicker, especially if the game is close.
Fortunately, the Cowboys' plan to get Maher back on track seems to be already paying off.
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Dallas signed kicker Tristian Vizcaino to the practice squad on Wednesday to give Maher some friendly competition and be a backup plan in case Maher's struggles persisted at practice this week. Thankfully, Maher responded to the tactic by looking like his old self during Thursday's session, drilling all six of his kicks while Vizcaino went just 3-for-5.
Maher's performance has to be a major confidence boost after his ugly showing on Monday. Every kicker misses kicks and has bad games from time to time, but it's the elite ones who can put their struggles behind them and still have the confidence to make their next kick.
Maher is an experienced kicker who's had his ups and downs, but he'd been money all season prior to Monday's meltdown. The Cowboys are hoping it was just a fluke and that he'll be back to normal this weekend. Based on how he's looked at practice so far, they may not have anything to worry about.
Dallas will need Maher at his best this weekend, as the Cowboys are currently listed as 3.5-point road underdogs against the 49ers on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.
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