GOOD NEWS: Randall Cobb averages over 10 yards per punt return and over 25 per kickoff return. He leads the league in total yards with nearly 2,100 yards of return and scrimmage yards combined.
Tim Masthay remains a good punting weapon. He has an average of 43.9 yards per attempt and has downed 28 kicks inside the 20 yard line; his hang time is excellent and the Packers punt coverage unit has held opponents to under 5 yards per punt return. The Packers even blocked a punt for a touchdown for the first time since I was, well, since I was a much younger man.
The longest kick return given up all year is 38 yards.
BAD NEWS: Saying Mason Crosby is in a slump would be an understatement to the level of troubles he has experienced this season. He has made a paltry 63 percent of his kicks for the season and that makes his success rate look good. After going 5 for 5 in field goals for the first four games he went on a tear, a bad tear. He was 7 for 15 over the next seven games, including two misses against Indianapolis in a three point loss. He has been 5 for 7 in the last two games so there is hope he is coming around, but it is a surprise to many he is still with the team. He has the leg to bomb a 60 yard field goal but what good is that if he is going to miss a 35 yarder?
Many of his misses have looked very bad and tail away with wild hooks and slices that only a poor golf player like me can fully appreciate. The Packers coaching staff appear to be confident in his abilities, but it remains to be seen what may happen if he needs to make some key kicks in a tight playoff contest.