Red zone troubles continue to hurt the Bucs


One of the best ways the Bucs could help with rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo’s early career struggles is to limit how often they have to rely on him until he’s adjusted himself to the NFL.

Just like last season, the Bucs offense as a whole is struggling to score touchdowns after reaching the red zone. In four red zone trips against Carolina Monday night, they only came away with 9 points. They’ve only scored a touchdown seven times out of fourteen red zone opportunities so far this season.

Penalties were part of the problem Monday night. For instance, Jameis Winston and Jacquizz Rodgers led the offense to the Carolina 5 yard line but a 3rd-and-1 false start and a delay of game penalty on the following play backed them up. Winston then missed Jackson near the corner of the end zone and Aguayo’s kick bounced off the left upright.

If Aguayo needs to get these missed kicks out of his system, I’d much rather they happen after we score six points rather than coming away with none at all.