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Stephen Gostkowski has another miserable day in Miami (missed FG, 2 XPs) … are there better options?

Expect to hear a lot about the job security of Stephen Gostkowski this week.

When you win the first two games by a combined 78-3, people are going to want to talk about something besides Antonio Brown's off-field drama.

Welcome to the spotlight, SG.

Gostkowski, the Patriots' 35-year-old kicker in his 14th season, was thrust into the broiler when he missed a 48-yard field goal, and two extra points.

In his career, Gostkowski only missed seven extra points entering the game, with five coming last season (27 of 32). Gostkowski had never missed more than one extra point in a game before Sunday.

"I stunk today," Gostkowski told reporters.

The various iterations of the former Pro Player Stadium have not been kind to Gostkowski, who has now missed at least one kick in three straight games dating to the Super Bowl, over the years.

He missed a field goal and an extra point last year, which cost the Patriots a win in their one-point loss.

Gostkowski also missed an extra point in '16 and field goals in '15, '13, '12 and '11 visits to Miami Gardens.

You could just dismiss this as bad luck in one place, but then you remember that Super Bowl LIV will be held in Hard Rock Stadium on Feb. 2.

What's the deal, and are there any options on the open market if the Patriots have a mind to replace Gostkowski, or at least try out out some competition?