Last season, as part of my evolution as a Green Bay Packers and NFL fan, I decided to start paying more attention to an area of the game that many (including myself) have tended to overlook and take for granted: special teams.
This idea came up first and foremost because of the struggles Green Bay had exhibited in this regard during the 2014 season — especially with the major gaffes in this segment of the game that helped cost the Packers a victory against the Seattle Seahawks in that year’s NFC Championship Game — but also because of my interest in learning more about the game as a whole.
It was pretty intriguing overall to delve into a part of the game I never paid attention to beyond big returns and game-ending field goals, so much so that I’ve decided to run it back again for this season.
Special teams may not be the most exciting part of the game, and it’s overall impact usually pales in comparison to that of the other two areas of the game, but the contributions (or lackthereof) made in this facet almost always make a difference — even if it is a somewhat hidden one.
This area has also experienced a rule change which is worth knowing since last season as well: touchbacks now move the ball to the 25 yard line (previously it was the 20).
So how did Green Bay do on special teams in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars?
Let’s take a look.
Next: The kicker