3 takeaways from Packers’ victory vs. Eagles in Week 13

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2. Special teams remains an issue

I’m sure every Packers fan around the world would be more than happy to just remove special teams from the game of football. It sure would help the Packers, who once again struggled in this phase of the game.

Mason Crosby was fine, converting four kicks although he did miss one extra point. JK Scott also played well with his four punts averaging 48.5 yards with one being downed inside the 20.

In particular, Green Bay’s coverage on punt and kickoff returns is among the worst in the NFL. Jalen Reagor pulled Philadelphia right back into the game late on with a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown. Just like that, the lead was down to just seven points.

Later in the fourth quarter, Boston Scott almost broke out a touchdown return of his own, returning a kickoff 46 yards. Five more yards was added as Will Redmond was offside on the kickoff.

Fortunately, neither big return had a significant impact on the game as the Packers still won reasonably comfortably. But when it comes to a playoff game in January, giving up a play like that could swing a game and prove to be a season-ending mistake.

It’s hard not to sound like a broken record. Special teams is a real issue for the Packers.