O-Line on a Roll

Tackle Chris Liwienski calls it quite an accomplishment and Dennis Green says the guys have worked really hard at it. What is it? ...

This has been a trying season for the Vikings offensive line.

A close unit on and off the field, the season got off to a tragic start when Korey Stringer died during training camp.

On the field, the unit has lacked consistency because of injuries to several players, including Corbin Lacina, David Dixon and Brad Badger. Everett Lindsay and Calvin Collins have been brought in to help.

But despite a tough season physically and emotionally, the Vikings entered Sunday's game at Detroit having not surrendered a sack in their past two games.

"I think it has done well," coach Dennis Green said. "We're running the ball better, have been in Pittsburgh and the game (against Tennessee). We worked really hard at not giving up any sacks. I think the guys, because they are a new unit working together, the communication aspect, they would be better as the season went on.

"We would expect that as time goes on we would play better because we know each other better. We can communicate better, have less mistakes, have less situations where guys thought something else was going to take place."

The line was especially solid in a 42-24 victory over Tennessee at the Metrodome, playing a key role in rookie Michael Bennett's 113-yard rushing performance. Todd Bouman also received enough protection to complete 21 of 31 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns.

"It's definitely an accomplishment for us to have the shutouts (no sacks) two weeks in a row," said right tackle Chris Liwienski. "But a lot of hard work by everybody, not just the line. Our quarterback getting rid of the ball on time, backs helping out, tight ends blocking. Everybody is doing a great job in that respect."

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