The Green Bay Packers have played with the same starting five offensive linemen since Week 5 at Washington and that isn't likely to change now that Mark Tauscher has been placed on injured reserve. The combination of (from left to right) Chad Clifton, Daryn Colledge, Scott Wells, Josh Sitton and Bryan Bulaga has continued to improve, especially tackles Clifton and Bulaga. The line has allowed 12 sacks in the last five games with 9 of those coming in Week 5 and 6 against the Redskins and Dolphins when Bulaga was making the first two starts of his career at right tackle with Tauscher injured. The New York Jets, known for their aggressive, blitzing defense, managed just two sacks while Pro Bowlers Jared Allen (Vikings) and DeMarcus Ware (Cowboys) were both held without a sack. "I think it helps from a standpoint of just getting on the same page and knowing what's going on," Bulaga said. "All these guys are veterans, so it's kind of me getting on the same page as them. All these guys have played together for a while, so it's me kind of getting on the same page as them and I think I've done a good job with that up to this point. "Every week of practice and every week of game time it'll just get better." The Packers gave up a league-high 51 sacks in 2009 as the line was forced to mix and match due to injuries. The team currently is tied for No. 11 in NFL with 17 sacks. "It's good because you're building chemistry and you know what those guys are capable of doing," running back Brandon Jackson said. "You know they're weak points and their strengths. I know all five guys strengths and a little bit of their weaknesses. It gives me a little edge in knowing what I have to do as far as a runner and pass-blocker."
Line play improves with time
Nov. 6, 2013 11:21 AM
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