The Green Bay Packers offensive line has been great all season. Can they be great one more time to help the Packers get back to the Super Bowl on Sunday?
Aaron Rodgers is having an MVP caliber season. At the age of 37, Rodgers has put together one of the best seasons of his historic career.
Matt LaFleur’s offense finished the regular season as the No. 1 scoring offense in the league, averaging 31.8 points per game. Aaron Jones is averaging 5.5 yards per carry and eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive season.
A big reason for all the success on the offensive side of the ball is due to the work of the “Great Wall of Lambeau”. Rodgers has rarely been touched this season, only being sacked 21 times, tied for the second-fewest in the league.
The Great Wall of Lambeau has been superb all season. They’ve given Rodgers all day to stand back in the pocket and find open receivers. They’ve opened up holes for Jones, Jamaal Williams, and towards the end of the season AJ Dillon.
It was a question of how they’d hold up last week against the Los Angeles Rams, the No. 1 ranked defense. The Packers passed that test with flying colors.
Even without David Bakhtiari, the best left tackle in the league, The Great Wall of Lambeau dominated the line of scrimmage. Rodgers was rarely touched, as the offensive line gave up zero sacks against a team that finished the season with a league-leading 53 sacks.
Elgton Jenkins held his ground against Aaron Donald, one of the best if not thee best player in the league. The ground game averaged 5.2 yards per carry. Jones finished the game with 99 rushing yards and averaged an impressive 7.1 yards per tote.
The question is, does the Great Wall of Lambeau have one more championship-caliber performance in them?
The matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Packers is being billed as a showdown between Tom Brady and Rodgers. As it should be, they are two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play.
The outcome of Sunday’s matchup won’t be decided by which quarterback has a better performance. It will be decided by Green Bay’s offensive line versus Tampa Bay’s front seven.
Green Bay’s offensive line has been near perfect all season. The one hiccup they had was at Raymond James Stadium against Tampa Bay earlier this season.
Rodgers was sacked four times and had his worst game of the season. Jones was limited to 15 yards on 10 carries.
In the rematch, on Sunday it’s imperative that the Packers control the line of scrimmage like they did in the Divisional Round against the Rams.
Billy Turner has proven to be an unsung hero for the Packers this season. In his second year with the Packers he’s enjoying a breakout season of sorts after a disappointing first year with the team.
With Bakhtiari out, Turner slid over to left tackle last week and one would have never guessed that the Packers were missing the best left tackle in the league. Can Turner replicate that performance against Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul?
Will the Packers be able to open up running lanes against Buccaneers vaunted front seven? Tampa Bay finished the season as the top run defense in the league. They gave up 80.6 yards per game and only allowed 100 rushing yards in five games.
The Great Wall of Lambeau holds the keys for the Packers on Sunday. If they can limit the number of times Rodgers gets hit, the presumed MVP could turn in a historic performance at Lambeau Field. If they are able to open up running lanes and eclipse 100 rushing yards the Packers could be on their way to Raymond James Stadium in two weeks.