Packers having a nightmare on special teams vs. Bears in Week 14

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We all knew the Green Bay Packers weren’t good on special teams, but their first-half performance versus the Chicago Bears has been nothing short of an embarrassment.

That includes one of the worst special-teams plays you’ll see them make all year — and that’s saying something.

On punt returns, Green Bay has allowed 131 yards and a touchdown. On kickoff returns, the team has allowed 82 yards. That’s 213 yards on returns in two quarters. Simply unacceptable from the Packers.

To make it worse, they allowed a 97-yard kickoff return touchdown to Jakeem Grant.

When he had the ball on the Bears’ three-yard line surrounded by Packers defenders, if one team was going to score a touchdown, you wouldn’t expect it to be Chicago. Grant had nowhere to go.

Or so it seemed.

Grant avoided tackles and used his speed to sprint past defenders down the sideline, all the way to the end zone.

If there’s a positive for the special teams, it’s that the kicking has been fine.

Mason Crosby hasn’t been called on for a field goal yet, but he’s converted all three of his extra-point tries. Corey Bojorquez has been on the money again, averaging 49.7 yards from his three punts. The punt-return touchdown was a beauty of a kick. The return was no fault of Bojorquez’s.

At this stage, what can we do other than laugh? The Packers’ special teams is what it is. It’s unlikely we’re going to see big improvements between now and the end of the season. We just have to hope it doesn’t cost this talented team a shot at a championship.

The Packers are down by six but get possession to start the third quarter. They can still win this game, but special-teams errors like we’ve seen in the first half could cost the Packers in the postseason.