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The Bucs lost by 5 after missing 8 points of kicks and two-pointers

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Los Angeles Rams Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just lost to the Los Angeles Rams by allowing them to score 37 points. For reference: the Rams had scored all of nine points in the two games before that.

Methinks the Bucs defense kind of sucks.

Me also thinks that there were many things that could have gone better for the Bucs to win. One of those things would be Roberto Aguayo, who missed a field goal and an extra point, leaving four points on the board. The Bucs then left another four points on the board by going for two twice, and failing to get the two-pointer on both occasions.

That’s eight points the Bucs could have had, but missed. Eight points in a five-point game. Whoops.

Okay, so, that’s a bit of an unfair framing. Those two-point conversion the Bucs missed? They probably don’t happen if Aguayo just hits the extra point earlier. It’s a cascading effect, really. But this certainly didn’t happen.

What also doesn’t help: Roberto Aguayo being 1-for-3 on field goals this season, and missing one of his seven extra points. In all, that’s Aguayo seven of his ten attempts on the season. That’s perfectly normal for an average NFL kicker, who tend to hit about 90% of their kicks — which means that streaks where they miss three in a short time will happen.

It’s not normal for a kicker you spent a second-round pick on in the hope that he’d solve your kicking problems forever, though. Turns out that all that data that said that there was no such thing as a hyper-accurate kicker who rarely misses was actually right! Whoopsiedaisy.

Of course, Aguayo still has plenty of time to turn things around. Either he’s a good but not one-of-a-kind kicker who’s just had a few misses in a short time, or he’s got some mental problem he needs to solve. Whatever it is, though, at some point the Bucs’ patience will run out. Being a second-round pick will only buy you so much rope.

In the mean time, the Bucs could have won this game but didn’t. Some extra red-zone work might be of help. The kind that helps you actually hit on a two-point conversion, or finish that final drive. Maybe work in Mike Evans a little. I hear he’s good.