Perfect Barth extends own Bucs record
Through four weeks of erratic play, the Tampa Bay Buccaneeers can look toward one player as the model of consistency.

Kicker Connor Barth extended his franchise-record streak of successful field goal attempts to 25 in Sunday's 24-22 loss to Washington, converting from 50, 57 and 47 yards out. The 57-yarder, which tied Michael Husted for the second-longest in Bucs history behind Matt Bryant's 62-yarder in 2006, had ample room to spare.

"It's nice to have coach's confidence like that,'' said Barth, who briefly put Tampa Bay ahead 22-21 on a 47-yard kick with 1:42 remaining. "He put me out there from 57 yards, that's awesome. But it's not about me it's about the team.''

While Barth was adding to his streak, Billy Cundiff of the Redskins ended up kicking the game-winning field goal from 41 yards out with three seconds remaining. Cundiff had missed three previous attempts from 41, 57 and 31 yards before his 41-yarder helped the Redskins even their record at 2-2.

"That's what an NFL kicker is supposed to do, make field goals in the clutch,'' Barth said. "I'm happy for him as a fellow kicker.''

Barth's steady work has not been lost on his teammates. "He's been Mr. Reliability for us,'' said Bucs center Jeremy Zuttah. "He's cool under pressure. It doesn't matter what the distance is, Connor Barth is going to boot that football right down the middle.''

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Ira Kaufman has long been both a great writer for The Tampa Tribune and friend to the Bucs UK and BUCPOWER.COM. He writes on all sports for the paper but during the NFL season offers his stories on not just the Buccaneers, but also the NFL in general.