What Went Wrong For Green Bay Packers In Buffalo?

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Dec 14, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Marcus Thigpen (11) returns a punt for a touchdown as Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick (86) pursues during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Packers have had five kicks blocked this year and had allowed one return for a touchdown.

Buffalo’s only touchdown of the day Sunday was a 75-yard punt return by Marcus Thigpen—a case where the punt by Tim Masthay was bad and the coverage was even worse.

Sean Richardson gets the lion’s share of the blame on Thigpen’s score as he just flat-out missed a tackle because of a poor breakdown technique. As he tried to slow down to make the tackle, he got himself off-balance and flat-footed and Thigpen dusted him with a pretty basic move.

The Packers had at least done a decent job on punt coverage until Sunday, but the special teams have been shaky overall for much of the season, with long snapper Brett Goode struggling at times and Masthay, who frankly hasn’t had much to do this season, not looking particularly effective when he does get an opportunity.

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