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Green Bay Packers' special teams show effects of missed offseason training

10:11 PM, Sep. 15, 2011

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Maybe the NFL lockout affected special teams more than offense or defense on the NFL's opening weekend.

The league set an opening-weekend record with eight combined returns for touchdowns (three kickoffs, five punts) even though the league moved the kickoff from the 30-yard line to the 35.

Two return touchdowns came in the Packers-Saints game. Randall Cobb set a Packers record for longest kickoff return with a 108-yarder, which topped the previous mark of 106 yards set by Al Carmichael in 1956. The Saints' Darren Sproles had a 72-yard punt return. ...

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