The Green Bay Packers offensive line has been playing its best during the second half of the season. Raymond T. Rivard photograph
Offensive Line – ‘the fluid five’
This has been the most consistent and fluid five offensive linemen that Aaron Rodgers has enjoyed since taking over as a starter in 2008.
Rookie center Corey Linsley has been a blessing in disguise. When Tretter went down with a knee injury late in preseason, we weren’t sure how Linsley would fare. He’s been spectacular and looks to be the center of the future for Rodgers, who has had to endure plenty of turnover at that position since becoming starter.
Playing solid football right now, the offensive line has opened running lanes for Eddie Lacy and created pocket protection for Rodgers in a way that is stunning to watch.
At times Sunday, Rodgers had 8 and 9 seconds to throw the ball. On the final third and 4 that led to the Packers being able to kill the clock – Rodgers was able to stand in the pocket and say the entire National Anthem before finding Cobb for the conversion to ice the game. It was a great effort all around – those guys all deserve a whole lot of credit.