SPECIAL TEAMS: A
I hesitate to get too excited, but the Buccaneers special teams didn’t have a single head-scratching return and actually pulled off a 22-yard return by rookie Ryan Smith who had been struggling mightily since earning the kick-return duties.
Roberto Aguayo entered the field of play for six kicks and made every single one of them.
Going 2-for-2 on field goals including a long kick of 30-yards, and 4-for-4 on extra points will draw little attention to the rookie kicker, which is exactly what he wants.
The painful truth is nobody pays attention to kickers unless they’re missing kicks.
Bryan Anger continued his strong 2016 campaign as he booted five punts an average of 42.8 yards a piece and pinned the Bears inside their own 20-yard line twice.
The league’s leader in hangtime, Chicago’s punt returner Eddie Royal found the Buccaneers’ coverage all over him leading to the speedster losing three yards on two return attempts in five chances.
The special teams was actually a bright spot today, and only a return TD could have made it better.
That’ll do it for our grades for the Week 10 victory over the Chicago Bears.
With the win, the Buccaneers improve to 3-5 and currently sit in second place in the NFC South following losses by the Falcons, Saints and Carolina Panthers in their respective Week 10 games.
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