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Everyone who follows the Packers knows what needs to happen for the team to improve it's offensive production. The offensive line was abysmal against the Eagles, and not for the usual reasons that have plagued the Packers against Jim Johnson's defense. The Packers actually did very well against the blitz. But across the board, from Clifton to Tauscher, the men charged with making the offense go were beaten time and time again by their Philadelphia adversary, man against man. And this points to a worry I've had since I first saw the line in action in the Family Night Scrimmage.

The conventional wisdom this past off-season held that the offensive line in general, but mostly guards Daryn Colledge and Jason Spitz, were young and underdeveloped. The thinking was that a full off-season in the Packers weight room and in the teams' strength and conditioning program would make a world of difference, not only in their power and strength, but in their cohesivenesses as a group. Well, that sure didn't seem to be the case Sunday against the Eagles. The word is that Spitz left the game with a calf injury, but could have returned. The coaches seemingly made the decision to keep Junius Coston in to see what he could do. I have no problem with that. But the scary thing is Spitz wasn't the worst lineman I saw on Sunday. That was easily Colledge. The Packers obviously though they could make some hay off the left side, seeing as how the majority of their run calls went to the left. But lordy, Colledge just couldn't get anything done, and it didn't matter who he was up against. The sack he gave up in the 3rd Quarter was atrocious. He looked like he was back playing left tackle against Jason Taylor last season, a sight I'm sure Brett Favre never wants to see again. All reports say that Coston will be making his first career start on Sunday. I guess it can't hurt, given how horrible things looked last Sunday.

The line should look better against the Giants. It simply has to. Or you can just forget about the following week against the Chargers. Favre will be dead against Merriman and company if it plays like it played against the Eagles.

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