Dan Bailey knows what it’s like to kick in cold temperatures. It was 8 degrees in Chicago last season, and it’s typically chillier when the Cowboys face their division opponents in New York, Philadelphia and Washington.
So Bailey has an idea of what to expect Sunday in Green Bay, when forecasts call for temperature to be in the low 20s at kick off.
“The ball just doesn’t travel as well,” Bailey said. “It affects distance, but that’s what pregame is for. We’ll go out there and see what the cold weather is doing to the flight of the ball and how it’s affecting distance.
“The ball does get harder because it’s colder, but when you’re out there, that’s the last thing you’re thinking about.”
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Bailey wasn’t ready to estimate how much yardage might be lost in what’s expected to be a frigid day at Lambeau Field, but it could shave a decent number of distance off.
Outside of losing some yardage, Bailey said the other challenge that he and punter Chris Jones face is staying warm and loose on the sidelines.
“That’s the biggest thing, is just being ready,” Bailey said.
As far as wearing longer cleats, Bailey said that’ll be a game-time decision. He would prefer not to wear two different cleats, if possible.
“It just depends on what the field surface is like,” Bailey said. “Most of the time, I don’t have to. We play in Washington every year and its field is usually somewhat tore up, so I’m sure it’ll be similar to that.”