Why the Green Bay Packers will win the Super Bowl: The offensive line

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The Green Bay Packers offensive line will play a huge role in whether the team advances in the playoffs. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

The Green Bay Packers have had a tough go of it the past month after starting the 2015 season as everyone expected: Going 6-0 before they took a break at the bye.

Then the wheels began to fall off.

It seems the Packers couldn’t win to save their souls after the first six games.

After the break, they came out and got smoked at Denver, 29-10; and then lost heartbreakers to the Carolina Panthers, 37-29; the Detroit Lions 18-16; and the Bears 17-13. All of those games were winnable and the Packers were in a position to pull them out at the end, but just couldn’t finish.

Following that embarrassment of a loss to the hated Bears at home on Thanksgiving evening, the Packers have won three straight and taken over the lead of the NFC North Division.

If they win out, they win the division. If it comes down to Week 17, it will come down to the team beating the Minnesota Vikings to earn their fifth straight division title.

Regardless of whether they win the division or what their seeding will be in the playoffs, the Packers are in and have just as much chance of going all the way as any of the other teams in the tournament.

So, with that said, there are plenty of factors that will determine whether the Packers can advance deep into the playoffs and potentially win the Super Bowl.

One of those factors comes down to the offensive line … and every player on that line.

Earlier this year, I wrote a piece about each of the starting offensive linemen and the role they will play (if they all stay healthy) in the Packers late season drive to a potential Super Bowl.

Turn the pages to read about just how important these linemen will be in helping the team reach the ultimate goal … read on …