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Cheese Curds, 12/22: Packers' offensive line was up to the challenge in Oakland

Both of Green Bay's tackles pass-protected well on Sunday, while the center position is not a question mark any more.

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One sack, one solo tackle, and one assisted tackle. That was the stat line for Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack on Sunday, just a week after he racked up five sacks and seven total tackles against the Denver Broncos. Instead of having a massive impact against the Green Bay Packers, the big uglies up front for the Green and Gold kept him quiet all day long, which was likely a large factor in the offense's success.

Admittedly, that success was limited, as the Packers failed to pick up 300 yards of offense for just the second time all year. However, they did score 23 points (thanks in part to some good field position), a number which was good enough to win the game.

In today's cheese curds, we'll look at the offense, particularly the performance of that offensive line, before we start looking ahead fully to Arizona.

Aaron Rodgers on Jared Abbrederis: 'He needs to be on the field more' - ESPN
It's probably not a good thing that Packers fans everywhere braced themselves for bad news after Abby made a catch over the middle and got popped by Charles Woodson, but he jumped right back up and is ready to make a bigger impact.

McCarthy says there's no controversy at center |
Don't read too much into the fact that JC Tretter started despite Corey Linsley being active; the coach says that decision was strictly due to Linsley's health and that he would likely remain the starter once back close to 100%.

Best Players at Every Position | NFL Week 15 | PFF
For one reason or another, PFF's graders have historically been tough on left tackle David Bakhtiari. This week, however, he earned the best grade of any NFL tackle, thanks in large part to his excellent work in pass protection.

Bryan Bulaga nearly aced a big test |
Khalil Mack had just one sack on Sunday, a bit of a lucky one where he tripped up Aaron Rodgers. Other than that, Bulaga and Bakhtiari made him a non-factor.

Randall, Ryan solidify Packers' defense |
These two rookies, along with Quinten Rollins, are making Ted Thompson's 2015 draft class look like an excellent one just 14 games in. Give it another two or three years and we should be even more pleased with this group.