Sunday’s matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears will be no different this time around – the winner will be determined in the trenches, especially the match between the Packers’ offensive line and the Bears’ defensive line.
We can talk all we want about the passing game, the running game, receivers, or special teams, but the bottom line will be the performances turned in along the line.
If the Packers’ O-line can neutralize the likes of Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije, protect Aaron Rodgers, and get a modicum of a run game going, the Packers have a good shot at starting the season 3-0.
But it won’t be an easy task. We know what the Bears’ defense has done before in stifling the high octane Packers offense … And they’ve done it because they have been able to control the line of scrimmage.
The Bears defensive line continues to be one of the best in the league. In fact, Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. ranks the Bears line in the top five in the NFL.
However, on the other side, the Packers’ offensive line is vastly improved. Without T.J. Lang, this is a group that really came into its own last season and with Lang has been playing solid this year. There are many who feel Lang adds a nastiness to this group that was missing with Daryn Colledge at left guard last season.
So, as Sunday’s game develops, keep an eye on the play along the line of scrimmage … It will reveal a great deal about which team could come out on top at the end of the day.