Sport

'Thursday Night Football' Ratings Up Over Last Week

'Thursday Night Football' Ratings Up Over Last Week

That's when the real narrative of this game started to take place, coming in the form of Tampa Bay kicker Nick Folk.

But in Thursday night's sloppy and forgettable loss to the New England Patriots, the Tampa Bay offense fell flat for 3.9 quarters.

Sep 22, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) looks on from the field during warm-ups before the game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. But he also missed two field goals and an extra point earlier in the game.

For the Buccaneers, it was another kick in the gut.

The Kansas City Chiefs placed Santos on injured reserve, but waived him off of that list when it was determined his injury wasn't expected to be season-ending.

Asked whether he was anxious about his position with the team, Folk said, "That's not anything I'm anxious about right now".

"It has been a bad week", said Folk, who has made 80.3 percent of his career field-goal attempts. Tampa Bay still got their fair share of yardage, but Matt Patricia's unti showed a bit more resistance in the victory.

They were the darlings of Hard Knocks, the HBO series that gives you a backstage pass to the locker room and inner workings of an National Football League team. As a starter, Brady is 44-10 in games following a loss.

Then again, in the case of the Bucs, they may even be able to willing to give up a first-round pick these days if it came with a guarantee that they would get good kicking production.




At the time of his third missed kick, the Bucs were nine points behind New England, a three-field goal deficit. He missed only four kicks all of previous year and three in 2015.

The Buccaneers pushed their record to 2-1 with a 25-23 thriller over the New York Giants.

"I don't really see it like that", he said. An NFL team is typically only as good as its starting QB, so with that in mind, how numerous career leaders in wins for NFL quarterbacks can you name in six minutes?

Specifically, I think of Brandon McManus of the Denver Broncos, whose accuracy issues forced the team to sign Connor Barth in 2014.

Unfortunately, the Bucs don't have the ability to afford Aguayo patience right now, so this is perhaps the longest of longshots.

"I'll probably get away, hang out with my wife and kids", Folk said.

Recently let go by the Miami Dolphins in favor of Cody Parkey, the pride of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is looking for a new home. He missed attempts from 56, 49 and 31 yards, with the latter two both coming in the second half (making either would have made it a one-score game).

But there do appear to be some potential upgrades out there (and nearly surely upgrades from Folk's current production, at least), with veterans Josh Lambo, Mike Nugent, and Dan Carpenter among the kickers available in free agency.