SPECIAL TEAMS: B+
Roberto Aguayo boo-birds have been waiting, and they got their chance on a missed 48-yard field goal which would have given the Buccaneers a 17-5 lead nearing halftime, and regain some of the momentum lost after the first stanza.
As it is, it’s a no-harm-no-foul situation and it’s a 48-yard field goal guys, c’mon.
Ok, it was makeable, and yes of course we’d all like to see him make it. Let’s not unwrite all the good things the rookie has been doing and the two times he’s won special teams player of the week this season.
Still for the day, his miss draws the special teams down.
What brings it up is the super-special-teams-duo of punter Bryan Anger and gunner Josh Robinson. With all the talk of wasted free-agency dollars riding on the bench with injured guard J.R. Sweezy, there’s little to no similar talk attached to Josh Robinson who was brought in to compete for a regular spot in the secondary and has done no such thing.
Instead, all he’s done is become one of the best – if not THE best – punt coverage guys in the NFL.
Anger sent four punts an average of 40-yards a piece and all four pinned the Seahawks inside their own 20-yard line with Robinson regularly meeting the ball on the other end to make a play for the Buccaneers.
Fans who know the intricacies of football will understand just how crucial it is to have the tandem this team does executing the way they are, and as long as they’re doing so it’s going to take more than one Aguayo miss to take this grade lower than a B.
That’ll do it for our grades for the Week 12 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
With the win, the Buccaneers improve to 6-5 and currently sit one game behind the Atlanta Falcons who defeated the once mighty Arizona Cardinals this weekend to maintain their lead over the NFC South.
From here the Buccaneers travel to sunny San Diego where they’ll face Phillip Rivers and the 5-6 Chargers. Keep a look out for our keys to the game next week as we build up to Week 13 action!
What are your thoughts on the game today, and what grades would you give out? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter anytime!