The forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J., when the Dallas Cowboys face the New York Giants.
That’s why Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia poured water on footballs during practice Thursday, getting long snapper L.P. Ladouceur, holder/punter Chris Jones and kicker Dan Bailey accustomed to slippery footballs once again. (The Cowboys practiced indoors at Coppell High School on Friday.)
All three, of course, are veterans and have played in just about every weather condition possible, especially in the New York area.
“It’s been cold; it’s felt great; it’s been windy,” Bailey said. “We’ve had pretty much every kind of weather you can have up there except torrential downpour. You never know what you’re going to get, so you just kind of have to go into it with an open mind.
“You don’t want to put too much thought into it during the week, because it’s just wasted energy.”
Bailey said the only difference with kicking in the rain is the ball may get heavier and shortens his distance.
“You might lose a couple yards of distance because of the weight of the ball,” Bailey said. “But the ball flight and all of that stuff is pretty much the same.”
Bailey has made all eight of his field-goal attempts this season, including a 51-yarder.
Only one of the team’s first five games was outdoors.