November 30, 2022

• Chiefs move into top 3: Kansas City jumped from 6th to 4th last week and is now among the NFL’s best up front.

• Aries fall into the basement: Los Angeles now has the worst offensive line in the NFL, a major reason for the reigning Super Bowl champion’s previous 3-5 record.

• Cardinals fall due to injuries: The team has used multiple backups as an injury mountain this season, and the unit now comes in at No. 24 after finishing 17th last week.

Estimated reading time: 16 minutes

Few things are more important to a team’s success than the quality of its offensive line. Catastrophic lines or even catastrophic mismatches between weak links can determine the outcome of matches, while strong units give an attack an incredible advantage.

This season we’ll be keeping an eye on PFF’s offensive line rankings, highlighting the biggest weak player and their closest opponent to identify any obvious matchup advantage one way or another.

red text = weakest link

1. Philadelphia Eagles (no change from Week 9)

Planned starters for week 10:

LT Jordan Mailata
LG Landon Dickerson
C Jason Kelce
RG Isaac Seumalo
RT Lane Johnson

  • After looking for the weakest link all season, I gave up trying. All five members of this line perform well above average. There is no weak link among starters.
  • No team gives their tackles less help than the Eagles. Still, Lane Johnson has allowed six rushes all season.

Upcoming opponent: Washington commanders

  • Washington’s defensive front is still ugly, especially on the inside. Jonathan Allen pressed five times against the Vikings last week.

2. Cleveland Browns (no change)

Planned starters for week 10:

LT Jedrick Wills Jr.
LG Joel Bitonio
C Ethan Pocic
RG Wyatt Teller
RT Jack Conklin

  • The Browns are another offensive line with no weak links once their starting XI are healthy.
  • Cleveland’s Group is the highest-rated run-blocking line in the NFL this season and the second-highest-rated pass-blocking unit.

Upcoming opponent: Miami Dolphins

  • Newcomer Bradley Chubb played 54 snaps on his debut but only managed two hastes. Edge rusher sophomore Jaelan Phillips could be the unit’s biggest threat. He has 25 pressures in the last four weeks.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (Up 1)

Planned starters for week 10:

LT Orlando Brown Jr.
LG Joe Thuney
C Creed Humphrey
RG Trey Smith
RT Andrew Wylie

  • The Chiefs line gave up some pressure against Tennessee, but that came with 85 pass-blocking snaps — double a typical volume.
  • Andrew Wylie gave up three penalties in addition to the eight pressure attempts he made that game.

Upcoming opponent: Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Jacksonville ranks above average in pressure rating as a defense. Josh Allen leads the team with 33 pressings from the edge. He’s played on both sides of the line this season, which may pose a problem for both Chiefs.

4. Baltimore Ravens (Lower 1)

Planned starters for week 10:

LT Ronnie Stanley
LG Ben Powers
C Tyler Linderbaum
RG Kevin Zeitler
RT Morgan Moses

  • For the first time since returning from injury, left tackle Ronnie Stanley caught 100% of the snaps in a game. He didn’t allow pressure from 27 pass blockers on Monday night.
  • Rookie Tyler Linderbaum has shed 13 pressure points this season, adding three more this week against the Saints.

Upcoming opponent: BYE

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