Mark Moseley has been kicking professionally for 12 years, but he's never experienced anything comparable to The Streak.

Ten times this season, he has attempted field goals.

Ten times he has been successful.

Five kicks have come in wet weather, including three during a monsoon-like storm at Tampa Bay in which even center snaps to quarterbacks were a challenge.

Two kicks have come under extreme pressure, the first to tie the Eagles at Philadelphia as the fourth quarter expired, the second to win that game in overtime. Last-period field goals against Tampa Bay, New York and, again, the Eagles assured Redskin victories.

"It's been an amazing display," Coach Joe Gibbs said. "He hasn't had any easy ones, any that didn't really matter. Each time he's gone out there, we've needed him to make it."

Add the three field goals he made at the end of last season and The Streak is at 13. Only five NFL kickers have had longer strings: Garo Yepremian (20), Jan Stenerud, Don Cockroft and Rolf Benirschke (16) and Toni Fritsch (14).

"You get into a groove," said Moseley, the NFL's leading scorer this season. "You see yourself making everything. I've probably hit the ball better other years, but I'm controlling it as well as I ever have. You feel you never will miss."

That Moseley is capable of compiling The Streak is not surprising. He already is 10th on the NFL's all-time field goal list (199) and his 63 percent career accuracy mark is one of the highest ever compiled. He has led the NFL three times in field goals and the National Football Conference twice in scoring. Those are pedigree credentials.

But what is surprising is that Moseley is performing so well this season.

The Redskins were so concerned about Moseley's health (he has been hindered by leg pulls the last two years) and his failure in early games (he missed eight of 15 initial attempts in 1981 games) that they used an 11th-round draft pick to select Dan Miller last spring.

If Miller had kicked well in the final preseason game against Cincinnati, instead of botching his opportunity, the Redskins would have actively tried to trade Moseley, although whether Gibbs ultimately would have okayed a deal is another story.

"It would have been hard for Dan Miller to make 10 in a row like Mark has," said Wayne Sevier, the Redskins special teams coach who pushed for the team to provide training camp competition for Moseley. "Things have a way of working out. We're just glad that Mark is still doing our kicking, but I really believe no matter what Dan did against Cincinnati, Mark would still have kept his job.

"The only way to measure what the competition meant is by how well he is kicking now. It was good for him. It helped his concentration and it got his full attention on his job. He realized how important it was to the staff and to Joe Gibbs to make every kick. He's always been a money kicker,the best around under pressure. We just wanted him to see every kick as a money kick."

Moseley, who resented his training camp treatment by the Redskins, resists the temptation to gloat over the team's miscalculation of his ability, although he says he'll always wonder why the competition was necessary.

"It made me humble," he said, "and I'm sure every season it will happen again. It brought me down to earth. Sure, it threatened my livelihood and I got uptight, but that's only human nature. In retrospective, it made me work that much harder to keep my job.

"I believe it was the Good Lord bringing me back to reality, telling me I wasn't as good as I thought I was."

Two other factors also have affected Moseley this season. The first was Sevier's decision to give the kickoff duties to rookie punter Jeff Hayes, another move Moseley didn't like. The second was the offseason change from a dead weight to a Nautilus strength program.

"My legs and hips have never felt better, and that's because I'm not kicking off," Moseley said. "Every time I've pulled lately, it's been because of kickoffs. I don't have to worry about that now. I can concentrate all my work on field goals.

"The Nautilus program was a smart move. I got to a point where I didn't have to get my leg any stronger. It's now a matter of maintaining my strength and losing it as little as possible as I get older."

Sevier: "Mark took three months off after last season, the first time he's done that. It helped his leg recover. It was an important move. He also is doing most of his practice kicking with (center) Jeff Bostic and (holder) Joe Theismann, instead of kicking by himself off a tee. That's important because it's made everything so smooth and so realistic.

"Last year, Mark got upset if we didn't let him kick every time we got inside 60 yards. But now he understands our thinking better, that Joe Gibbs doesn't lack confidence in him, but is doing what is best for the team. Everyone is in harmony now."

At 34, Moseley believes he still can kick at least another four seasons.

Sevier agrees. "After last year, I would have said he had no more than two years left. Now I'd say five. He's in great physical condition and not doing kickoffs has helped him concentrate just on field goals. He might lose some more range, but the important thing for any kicker is to be able to make them within the 40- to 49-yard area. There's no reason why he can't make those for years to come."

And will the Redskins draft another kicker next spring?

"I would doubt it," Sevier said. "We'll bring some kickers to camp, I'm sure, but our questions about Mark have been answered. There is no one better in the league."