Ranking all 32 NFL offensive lines entering Week 5

PFF's Khaled Elsayed ranks all 32 NFL offensive lines through the first four weeks of the season.

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(AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

(AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Ranking all 32 NFL offensive lines entering Week 5


It all starts up front. If you want to run the ball, you need the big guys to create some lanes. If you want to pass the ball, you need them to keep you upright in the pocket.

This week, we’re going to pay special attention to those lineman who make good football possible. Yes, it’s offensive line rankings time after four weeks of the NFL season. See where your team comes.

Editor’s note: Each team’s 2014 ranking is noted in parenthesis.

 

32. Detroit Lions (14th)

Pass blocking rank: 32nd

Run blocking rank: 27th

Penalties rank: 27th

Stud: While others around have floundered, the versatile Manuel Ramirez (+4.0) has excelled. He’s graded positively in every game, and has proven to be a tremendous draft day pick-up from the Broncos.

Dud: The right tackle has been a disaster regardless of whoever has started, but it hasn’t been much better at center. Travis Swanson (-11.0) is the heir to the throne of Dominic Raiola, and to say it hasn’t gone well so far is an understatement.

Summary: There’s a real litany of problems with the Lions line this year. Rookie Laken Tomlinson has struggled when pressed into action, Larry Warford isn’t healthy, and the right tackle spot has proved nothing more than a turnstile to pass rushers looking to fill their pockets with sacks, hits, and hurries. They need to get better—quick.

 

31. Washington Redskins (12th)

Pass blocking rank: 26th

Run blocking rank: 32nd

Penalties rank: 28th

Stud: As always seems to be the case, it’s Trent Williams (+4.4). The former first rounder is the team’s best offensive lineman by a distance, and has allowed just five hurries all year.

Dud: Just what has happened to center Kory Lichtensteiger (-25.0)? He was impressive enough last year, earning a positive grade, but he’s performed as badly as any lineman in the league.

Summary: While the team would have been hoping for more of an instant impact from Brandon Scherff, the real issue has been at the aforementioned center spot. Simply put, your center should not have given up 13 quarterback disruptions after four games, when he gave up just 16 total in 2014.

 

30. Seattle Seahawks (19th)

Pass blocking rank: 29th

Run blocking rank: 28th

Penalties ranks: 24th

Stud: None of the starters have earned a positive grade this year, which is telling. But credit to Drew Nowak (-2.8), who hasn’t looked like a complete liability.

Dud: Unfortunately, Justin Britt (-14.8) hasn’t looked any better at guard than he did at tackle.

Summary: It’s almost like the Seahawks have a contempt for their offensive line. Either that, or they’ve got a little too much confidence in the powers of Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch, because not only have they seemingly turned a blind eye towards the unit, they opted to get rid of its best player (Max Unger) last year.

 

29. Baltimore Ravens (3rd)

Pass blocking rank: 30th

Run blocking rank: 21st,

Penalties rank: 10th

Stud: We’re getting to the stage at PFF where we’re starting to think about who would make our own Hall of Fame. One name that is a lock? Marshal Yanda (+13.8) who is, as always, fantastic.

Dud: The team is really missing Eugene Monroe, because James Hurst (-26.2) should not be manning anyone’s blindside.

Summary: It’s been a case of poor play at the tackle spot that has Baltimore, with Hurst abysmal and Rick Wagner pretending like his excellent 2014 season never happened. The pair has allowed 35 quarterback disruptions.

 

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (25th)

Pass blocking rank: 24th

Run blocking rank: 31st

Penalties rank: 23rd

Stud: Can we pass? Before being injured in Week 2, Evan Smith (+0.5) was playing well enough.

Dud: He’s shown improvements the pass two weeks, but the first two games of the year were particularly ugly for Donovan Smith (-12.4).

Summary: Bad tackle play, below average guard play, and an injury to their starting center; this is a line in flux, and while the team can take solace in the fact that Ali Marpet hasn’t looked completely out of place, they’ll be annoyed that their big reputation guys (Logan Mankins and Gosder Cherilus) haven’t delivered.

 

27. Miami Dolphins (32nd)

Pass blocking rank: 31st

Run blocking rank: 15th

Penalties rank: 6th

Stud: The team has one of the best centers in the league in Mike Pouncey (+4.5). So, they have that going for them.

Dud: In Dallas Thomas (-13.3) and Jamil Douglas (-17.2), the team has the worst set of starting guards in the league.

Summary: Branden Albert can’t stay healthy, and their guards are playing at an extremely poor level, especially in pass protection, where they are making life really difficult for Ryan Tannehill. On the positive side, Ja’Wuan James is playing well.

 

26. Green Bay Packers (4th)

Pass blocking rank: 14th

Run blocking rank: 30th

Penalties rank: 31st

Stud: He hasn’t got as much push in the run game as he’d like, but Josh Sitton (+3.7) remains the best pass blocking guard in the league.

Dud: It’s pretty obvious that Don Barclay (-22.0) is no Bryan Bulaga. He’s allowed a terrible 22 quarterback disruptions.

Summary: The Packers suffer from poor play at tackle, where Barclay has been an unable fill in. Also, David Bakhtiari has been pushed around in the run game and flagged for five penalties. They’re undoing a lot of the good work of the interior.

 

25. St. Louis Rams (31st)

Pass blocking rank: 25th

Run blocking rank: 22nd

Penalties rank: 26th

Stud: The unit has no positive grades, but rookie tackle Rob Havenstein (-3.6) has played well enough.

Dud: The same can’t be said of Greg Robinson (-8.1), who is starting to worry people with his performance. It’s certainly not a make or break year for him, but you’d like to feel you’re watching a second overall pick.

Summary: For the most part, this is a very young line, and so there is hope in that; while they’re all graded below average, none present the kind of liabilities that stick out like a sore thumb. You’d hope they’d improve as the season went on, simply by taking their lumps, especially with two rookie starters.

 

24. Chicago Bears (15th)

Pass blocking rank: 27th

Run blocking rank: 18th

Penalties rank: 29th

Stud: There’s no doubt that Chicago is a better team when Jermon Bushrod (-1.9) is playing…

Dud: …mainly because it means that Charles Leno Jr. (-7.5) isn’t.

Summary: For a line that feels a bit thrown together, it could be much worse. They’ve improved at right tackle by moving Kyle Long there, but the loss at right guard has been significant as a result.

 

23. San Diego Chargers (29th)

Pass blocking rank: 23rd

Run blocking rank: 23rd

Penalties ranks: 16th

Stud: It has gone somewhat unnoticed how good a pickup King Dunlap (+2.1) has been for the Chargers these past few years. He’s been a solid left tackle in a league that’s in desperate need of them.

Dud: Starting Chris Watt (-10.8) did not go well, with him allowing too much pressure up the middle.

Summary: Injuries have hurt this line significantly; nine offensive lineman have already taken snaps for the group. It’s a shame, because there’s obviously talent there. But, if you can’t field a settled lineup, there will always be problems.

 

22. San Francisco 49ers (9th)

Pass blocking rank: 18th

Run blocking rank: 26th

Penalties ranks: 13th

Stud: It’s good to see Alex Boone (+3.9) playing somewhere near his best.

Dud: Second-year center Marcus Martin (-14.1) needs to start playing better. He looks overwhelmed right now.

Summary: The left side of the line is looking good, as you’d expect. It’s the rest of the line that is reeling from the losses of Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis, in particular. Those are huge shoes to fill, and the team hasn’t come close in with Erik Pears and Jordan Devey.

 

21. Philadelphia Eagles (2nd)

Pass blocking rank: 17th

Run blocking rank: 25th

Penalties rank: 10th

Stud: Even the line’s best player isn’t anywhere near his usual production. Jason Peters (+0.5) isn’t playing badly, but he’s not at his 2014 level right now.

Dud: The team was always going to miss Evan Mathis, but Allen Barbre (-10.5) and his struggles have really highlighted it.

Summary: The Eagles have had to deal with injuries, but perhaps even they didn’t think it would be as hard to replace Mathis and Todd Herremans as it has proved. What was one of the league’s best lines has taken a huge hit in the continuity department, and it’s affected everyone’s play.

 

20. Denver Broncos (10th)

Pass blocking rank: 22nd

Run blocking rank: 20th

Penalties ranks: 16th

Stud: It’s Evan Mathis (+3.7), but he hasn’t reached anywhere near the levels of play he was at in Philadelphia.

Dud: It was a lot to ask of Ty Sambrailo (-10.6) to adjust to life as an NFL left tackle—indeed, proving too much. He has struggled throughout the season.

Summary: The line does seem to be getting better, and the play of Matt Paradis can be considered a success. But with so much invested on defense, there is a feeling that Denver may have neglected this unit.

 

19. Indianapolis Colts (17th)

Pass blocking rank: 18th

Run blocking rank: 16th

Penalties rank: 21st

Stud: Second-year starter Jack Mewhort (+2.4) has played well, whether at guard or tackle. That’s a valuable trait to have.

Dud: One of the most dominating guards in the run game in his prime, it’s a little sad to see Todd Herremans (-9.1) struggling so much in that regard right now.

Summary: The interior has struggled to find the right combination as they’ve coped with injuries. The tackles haven’t played up to their capability (in the case of Anthony Castonzo, at least). So, while it hasn’t been bad, they haven’t continued on from the progress of 2014, and their struggles, as a result, have been highlighted by the sluggish start to the year for Andrew Luck.

 

18. Jacksonville Jaguars (18th)

Pass blocking rank: 28th

Run blocking rank: T-4th

Penalties rank: 4th

Stud: We wondered if Zane Beadles (-0.5) might be on the chopping block, but instead, he’s delivered a solid start to the year.

Dud: There’s been improvement from Luke Joeckel (-3.1), but not to the level that makes you confident he’ll ever live up to his draft slot.

Summary: Nothing overly worrisome here, but nothing that stands out. As the ranking would suggest, a very average collection that needs to do a better job in pass protection.

 

17. Tennessee Titans (28th)

Pass blocking rank: 17th

Run blocking rank: 20th

Penalties rank: 20th

Stud: Is Taylor Lewan (+5.4) ready to be a top tier tackle? His early play suggests so.

Dud: It’s disappointing that Chance Warmack (-4.2) has never lived up to the huge reputation he had coming out of Alabama.

Summary: It could be worse, and given some of the struggles Jeremiah Poutasi has had, you get the feeling it may do so going forward. The real disappointment, though, is the fact that the Titans have invested big in their line, and instead of reaping the benefits, they’re rebuilding again.

 

16. Houston Texans (5th)

Pass blocking rank: 9th

Run blocking rank: 24th

Penalties ranks: 2nd

Stud: If his name isn’t already in the conversation, the start to 2015 proves Brandon Brooks (+5.7) needs to be regarded as one of the best guards in the game.

Dud: Switching between guard and tackle hasn’t helped, but Derek Newton (-10.9) has reverted to his 2013 level of play, rather than following up on his strong 2014 contract year.

Summary: Getting Duane Brown back will prove big, because without him and center Chris Myers, the line looked very unlike the one that finished in the top 5 last year. Still, there are plenty of question marks as they break in new talent.

 

15. Minnesota Vikings (21st)

Pass blocking rank: 16th

Run blocking rank: 17th

Penalties rank: 3rd

Stud: Credit to the versatile Joe Berger (+2.6) for filling in for John Sullivan admirably.

Dud: The team likely didn’t expect T.J. Clemmings (-7.6) to have to start. He’s not ready to go one-on-one with players like Von Miller.

Summary: Given the injuries they’ve had, this can be considered something of a win. Matt Kalil is playing better, Michael Harris looks like a different player at guard, and there’s Sullivan’s return to look forward to.

 

14. New York Jets (13th)

Pass blocking rank: 10th

Run blocking rank: 19th

Penalties rank: 10th

Stud: Will he prove worth the money? Only time will tell, but James Carpenter (+2.3) has certainly been an upgrade at the left guard spot.

Dud: The team shouldn’t be too disappointed with his play in pass protection, but Breno Giacomini (-8.1) has had a poor grasp of the run game.

Summary: Is this line playing as well as it can? It’s certainly not full of any spring chickens, and it will be concerning that both D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold look to be slowing down. For now, though, they’re doing just enough, and just enough is all Chris Ivory needs.

 

13. Pittsburgh Steelers (8th)

Pass blocking rank: 1st

Run blocking rank: 29th

Penalties rank: 30th

Stud: He might be the least heralded member of the line, but Ramon Foster (+8.1) is playing exceptionally good football.

Dud: Replacing Maurkice Pouncey was always going to be tough. Cody Wallace (-16.4) is making it look even harder than we imagined.

Summary: They’ll need Le’Veon Bell to be at his best, given how badly they’re run blocking right now. The loss of Pouncey has proved devastating in that regard. Still, the good news is that they’re really holding up well in pass protection.

 

12. New York Giants (20th)

Pass blocking rank: 12th

Run blocking rank: 12th

Penalties rank: 14th

Stud: This is what they wanted from Geoff Schwartz (+5.6) when they signed him.

Dud: It never works well for any team when they’re having to start Marshall Newhouse (-9.3).

Summary: As bad as they are at tackle, they are as good (if not better) on the interior. Indeed, when the combo of Justin Pugh, Schwartz, and Weston Richburg line up, there may not be a better interior line in football right now.

 

11. Arizona Cardinals (24th)

Pass blocking rank: 15th

Run blocking rank: 10th

Penalties rank: 4th

Stud: With just five hurries allowed all year, Jared Veldheer (+2.3) continues to prove he’s worth the money.

Dud: He’s on the field, at least, and there have been many worse guards in the league. But you’d want more out of Jonathan Cooper (-4.3).

Summary: It feels like it’s taken forever for the Cardinals to get anything resembling a decent offensive line. Well, after spending high draft picks and handing out big dollars in free agency, that day may be here. Now, can this line grow together if they all stay healthy?

 

10. Kansas City Chiefs (27th)

Pass blocking rank: 21st

Run blocking rank: 3rd

Penalties Rank: 16th

Stud: Whisper it quietly, but Eric Fisher (+4.2) has played really well since returning to right tackle.

Dud: That’s good, because the guy he replaced, Jah Reid (-7.3), really wasn’t playing well at all.

Summary: The offseason moves have worked, because Mitch Morse has hit the ground running, and Ben Grubbs has played better than anyone they had at guard last year. There are still some things to be decided, and it will be worth watching how Fisher plays as the season goes on, but it’s been an impressive turnaround so far for the Chiefs.

 

9. Buffalo Bills (30th)

Pass blocking rank: 13th

Run blocking rank: 8th

Penalties rank: 9th

Stud: Who doesn’t love a good comeback story? Richie Incognito (+9.4) is an interesting study—not because of “Bullygate”—but because a year away from the game has allowed him to recharge and come back better than ever.

Dud: Rookies do tend to struggle, and John Miller (-10.6) is no exception.

Summary: A big improvement here, and it’s not hard to figure out why, with Incognito the catalyst for a much-improved run blocking effort. Cordy Glenn has been his usual self, but it’s worth pointing out that Eric Wood has really elevated his game.

 

8. New Orleans Saints (11th)

Pass blocking rank: 11th

Run blocking rank: 7th

Penalties rank: 21st

Stud: A player who isn’t getting enough attention? Terron Armstead (+10.9). The left tackle is playing lights out right now.

Dud: While his run blocking has been fun to watch, Tim Lelito (-3.9) needs to pass block better.

Summary: They look rock solid at tackle, but there are questions up the middle. Jahri Evans is not the player he once was, we’ve mentioned the pass protection problems of Lelito, and Max Unger hasn’t found his stride yet. They can get better, and they might need to, if they want to make an unlikely playoff run.

 

7. New England Patriots (23rd)

Pass blocking rank: 7th

Run blocking rank: 11th

Penalties rank: 15th

Stud: Maybe the best right tackle of his generation, the consistency of Sebastian Vollmer (+8.4) should be admired.

Dud: While Shaquille Mason (-5.0) has struggled in pass protection, given the Georgia Tech offense he came from, it could have been much worse in that regard.

Summary: The Patriots have offered up a rotation of sorts, and as much as you’d think it wouldn’t work, it’s provided an increase in production from the group. Maybe the New England head coach knows what he’s doing after all …

 

6. Cincinnati Bengals (7th)

Pass blocking rank: 8th

Run blocking rank: 9th

Penalties rank: 6th

Stud: If one tackle appears to hate giving up pressure more than any other, it’s Andrew Whitworth (+11.0). He has allowed just two hurries all year.

Dud: This could be the writing be on the wall for Andre Smith (-9.0). The team spent first and second round picks on tackles in the 2015 draft, and the play of Smith won’t keep them on the bench forever.

Summary: The maddening inconsistency of Russell Bodine is the group’s biggest problem. If they can fix that, then the most complete team in the league might be even more complete.

 

5. Oakland Raiders (16th)

Pass blocking rank: 2nd,

Run blocking rank: 14th

Penalties rank: 16th

Stud: Just how well is Gabe Jackson (+10.0) playing? Enough that he made our All Pro team through four weeks.

Dud: On the other end of the spectrum, J’Marcus Webb (-7.5) has not played well.

Summary: Only one starter has a grade worse than -0.2, which tells you how consistently this line is performing. It a reward for the patience and shrewd pickups of Reggie McKenzie, who is rebuilding Oakland in a manner no one thought possible.

 

4. Dallas Cowboys (1st)

Pass blocking rank: 7th

Run blocking rank: 1st

Penalties rank: 11th

Stud: A true franchise left tackle, Tyron Smith (+8.0) has allowed fewer than one hurry per game.

Dud: The team missed Ronald Leary early in the year, and probably learned that starting Mackenzy Bernadeau (-7.2) wasn’t something they want to do again.

Summary: It’s been good, but not 2014-good. The injury to Leary hurt, but they haven’t quite found their stride running the ball yet. Still very impressive, though.

 

3. Cleveland Browns (6th)

Pass blocking rank: 3rd

Run blocking rank: T-4th

Penalties rank: 25th

Stud: There will come a time when Joe Thomas (+13.0) doesn’t playing well. That time is not yet here.

Dud: Coming back from injury, Alex Mack (-3.1) is the only Browns’ lineman with a negative grade.

Summary: The O-line remains the strength of Cleveland’s offense, although it’s somewhat disappointing that Joel Bitonio hasn’t followed up his amazing rookie year with a strong start to his sophomore campaign.

 

2. Carolina Panthers (22nd)

Pass blocking rank: 5th

Run blocking rank: 6th

Penalties rank: 1st

Stud: The leader of a young and inexperienced line, Ryan Kalil (+6.6) seems to have grown as a player. He’s our top-ranked center right now.

Dud: No surprise that Michael Oher (-9.9) has struggled. It’s not all bad news, though, because he’s been far from terrible in pass protection.

Summary: The Panthers’ have shown remarkable turnaround from 2014, one of which the coaches and scouting staff can feel particularly smug. The team has a 2014 third-rounder (Trai Turner), a 2014 undrafted free agent (Andrew Norwell), and a 2012 undrafted free agent (Mike Remmers) all playing exceptionally well.

 

1. Atlanta Falcons (26th)

Pass blocking rank: 4th

Run blocking rank: 2nd

Penalties rank: 6th

Stud: What a difference a year makes. He was, quite frankly, awful last year as he played through injuries. But in 2015, Jake Matthews (+5.6) looks like one of the better linemen in the league.

Dud: The only player with a negative grade is right tackle Ryan Schraeder (-0.1), and you can thank J.J. Watt for that.

Summary: What a turnaround. Something you rarely see, Atlanta has morphed its scheme and personnel to achieve immediate results. Mike Person has been a revelation at center, and Chris Chester has proven to be a tremendous free agent pickup. Even Andy Levitre, who looked spent in Tennessee, has fit in seamlessly.

 

  • Jaguars28

    Who would’ve guessed before the season began that the Falcons and Panthers would have the top two O-lines? Amazing.

    • RedandBlackPeachy

      Not me! I fretted about the Falcons line all during training camp and preseason.

      • Felton51

        The Panthers stepped up big last year with Norwell and Turner, who are inexpensive and good. Falcons have cleaned up their line – I really thought Konz would be better. They need to stay healthy (don’t we all?).

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  • Vitor

    Wow, really surprising. Baltimore and Philadelphia switching places with Atlanta and Carolina. And Kansas City is not that bad as the eye test suggests
    Great job

    • FalconMoose

      Well, Carolina has played NO, TN, Hou and TB. Their line should have good grades.

      • Vitor

        Fair point. Still, a line that includes Oher graded that high is a great accomplishment.

      • Scott Kohler

        New Orleans beat up on the Cowboys offensive line on Sunday night. They can be good at times. They gave up 56 yards or something like that with in the last 55 minutes.

        • FalconMoose

          That was the NOLA D. Aren’t we talking OL?

        • Rob

          This makes no sense? How did they beat up the o line? A very very very very immobile Weeden was sacked 3 times which is nothing close to brag about considering how much of a statue he is. It would have been even less had romo played. That being said the rbs ran for over 100 yards and averaged over 4 yards a carry. Weeden threw for 250 yards on 16 completions and had the 4th highest pass rating that week. Now this Dallas line certainly didn’t have a great game for their standard, however I didn’t notice any holding or false start penalties from Dallas o line which is a big indicator of a line being beaten a lot. Take a top 10 qb and top 5 wr off any team and see how hard it is for that team to provide the same offense had they played. Defenses do not have to double cover anyone therefore freeing up a safety or lb to play close to line and use a ton of 7, 8, and even 9 man fronts. It’s impossible for any line on the planet to block 2 more guys then they have available to block. Playing with a statue backup qb, no dez, no Dunbar after halftime, and no legitimate rb, they def held their own against a team that got back all their defensive players that were out prior to that game.

      • Scott Kohler

        And Houston has an outstanding defensive like and the buccaneers have a good one.

        • FalconMoose

          TB?
          Falcons did fine VS HOU. Falcons Oline is #1 so far @ Pff. Much different defenses faced by Carolina. Except for HOU….oh, that was 42-0-ATL when second teamers came in.
          Carolina won by 7 with Hou on the Car 20.
          I do not think think Carolina OL is going to fare well in their next four games vs decent defenses.

      • Ian Livingston

        We played TN already, must have missed that game idiot. Do you mean Jacksonville? At least get your facts straight b4 you hate.

      • Keoni Pleasants

        What does it matter who we played? Jadaveon Clowney, JJ Watt, Vince Wilfork, Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, and many other great defensive players on otherwise decent defenses. Your getting the defense mixed up with the offense in who Carolina played. Stop regurgitating what you see on TV.

  • cbraendle

    So…who has the top run blocking rank? Lol I see the Falcons has the 2nd, but no number 1? Wtf lol

    • person

      steelers

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          Oh… Damn, that sucks

    • Nik Hildebrand

      It could’ve been updated after your comment, but it says Dallas on my screen.

  • Jim

    The offense can run the football because the Lions switched to a zone-blocking scheme from a power-run blocking scheme and they dont have the OG’s to make this work.

    Larry Warford was a pro-bowler as a power-run blocker and then the Lions put him in a zone-blocking scheme? Laken Tomlinson is a power-run blocker and everything in every scouting report says he wont ever be a zone-blocking offensive guard. So, the Lions say “screw it” and they draft Tomlinson in the first round to put him in a blocking scheme that doesnt even fit his strengths. You can see Tomlinson, Warford, and Manny Ramirez (who has filled in for Warford when injured) struggling in thi scheme.

    This is why the Lions cant run the football. Theyre putting their OL in a position to fail. Warford and Tomlinson will never fit a zone-blocking scheme. These guys are 330lbs power-blockers. It ridiculous that they Lions organization (including GM Martin Mayhew) thinks these guys are zone-blockers. Zone-blockers must be very athletic agile. They must be about 300lbs, not 330lbs road-graders.

    This franchise is a joke and its run like a joke. HC Jim Caldwell and OC Joe Lombardi are putting their offensive line in a position to fail And top top it off, Mayhew drafts an offensive guard in the 1st round this year and the guy doesnt even fit the zone-blocking scheme.

    Mayhew also lets Suh and Fairley without any contingency plan. Then he trades for Ngata, who until the Monday Night Football game against the Seahawks was playing like garbage. Ngata is basically done as an effective player every down.

    Lions are run like a semi-pro football team. The GM doesnt draft the right players to fit this scheme the coaches are running. The coaches fail to realize that the players dont fit the scheme. The GM doesnt ever have any contingency plans.

    And thats why the Lions are 0-4

    • FisherStache

      At first, I thought about skipping this because it seemed like a rant, but you make some good points. I never would have thought I’d learn something from an internet comment section.

      • johnny I

        Ah the BROWNS line has given up numerous sacks and run game is bottom of NFL.
        Who the hell is writing this misinformation

        • Sdale

          It’s not always the line’s fault that a running game is bad. I haven’t watched them this year, but do they have anyone at RB that can do the job?

        • Adrian Edwards

          That’s because the Browns specialize in sucking while they are playing well.

        • johnny I

          Virtually ANY NFL back will get you yards if the hole us there…and yes they do have a couple guys that can run…( rookie Duke Johnson looked good and Crowell is tough) comes down to coaching and possibly heart… Imo

        • Kaz Colquitt

          The Browns have had one of the best O-Lines for years

        • Kaz Colquitt

          They just don’t have the offensive talent to back it up

  • David Jackson

    i guess the ANdrew Luck lovers need to come up with another excuse, the colts o-line isnt that bad, luck just holds the ball too long

    • Cant FixStupid

      I don’t care what this crap says, all you gotta do is watch the damn games to see that the OL in Indy has struggled majorly and gotten Luck hit far too many times.

  • crosseyedlemon

    Offensive linemen always get the short end of the stick when it comes to accolades or public recognition so it’s pretty cool to have one with the name of Incognito.

  • Tim Plum

    Since my premium stats subscription has expired and premium stats are no longer available I have to take every rating in the article as gospel and can’t cross reference anything. Not good.

    • anon76returns

      I have two weeks left. It all checks out- they’re not lying to you about their own grading system.

      Yet. (Ba-ba-buuum!)

  • Thinkaboutit

    After last week, I’m surprised minny isn’t last. That line is hard to watch

    • Antileftist

      Everyone who has played Denver this year has had their O-line abused.

  • Kason Edell

    Who has the best run blocking rank?

  • It Ertz When Eifert

    There is no way in way in hell the Jaguars run-blocking is the 4th-best in the league.

  • Felton51

    Saints at #8? Strief has been Ok except for the Tampa game, their guards are terrible (all 3) and Unger has been average. Armstead is a joy to watch – it’s a nice feeling to have called that pick a home run on Draft Day 2013.

    • lumm0x

      Strief has been atrocious every game. He needs help just to handle an average defender. Peat needs to develop fast before Brees gets killed by Zach.

  • geo2209

    I’m a little confused here, how can Titans be #4 in run blocking grading (premium stats) but you’re claiming they are #20? This doesn’t jive.

    • anon76returns

      It seems unlikely, but the premium stats takes into account FB, TE, and even WR blocking on runs and RB blocking on end arounds. I don’t know how those players could improve a #20 unit to a #4 unit, but that is generally the discrepancy between the OL run blocking grades and the team run blocking rating you see in the premium stats section.

      • geo2209

        That makes sense, thanks. I’m taking the OL ratings with a grain of salt, because you really have to include all of the other blockers to be successful. Just looking at the oline is cool for an article, but as the Titans have showed, a running game can be buoyed by good blocking from TE/WR/RBs.

  • JudoPrince

    I’m not sure about the Mike Oher abysmal rating of -10. When I have watched the Panthers this season, he’s done a pretty decent job in pass protection. Sure, he has given up some hurries, but way more often then not he’s held his man at bay. He has looked nothing like the dreadful lineman he has been rated as for years. And at left tackle, I’m only concerned with the pass blocking; protecting the franchise QB. If he isn’t doing his thing in run blocking, just go to the other side.

  • Nicholas Rogers

    Isn’t it wondrous that the top two ranked O-lines have played the worst D line opponents in the league so far? Fascinating.

    • FalconMoose

      Phil, NYG, Dal, Hou have pretty good D lines——Atl

      NO, Tn, TB, Hou——–BIG difference—————Car

      • Keoni Pleasants

        Jacksonville had a great defense last year and we played them, Carolina didn’t play TN. Texans have one of the most talented D-lines so GTFOHWTBS, Tampa bay has good inside rushers as well, and N.O. secondary sucks, not their line. Stick to what you know guy.

  • Nicholas Rogers

    Isn’t it wondrous that the top two ranked O-lines have played the worst D line opponents in the league so far? Fascinating.

  • Jason

    So the Redskins currently lead the league in rushing:
    http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/team/_/stat/rushing
    But PFF has them ranked the 32nd team for run blocking? How the F does that work exactly?
    I’m sure you have some awesome methodology behind the scenes, but that just looks moronic.

    • jarem

      not to mention they played arguably some of the toughest DLs out there:

      Miami
      Giants
      Eagles
      St. Louis

  • Michael Keys

    Clearly, this is a joke. The Redskins lead the league in rushing… Apparently, it’s happening with no offensive line. The competent need not apply at PFF.

  • Kuato Lives

    “But with so much invested on defense, there is a feeling that Denver may have neglected this unit.”

    I disagree with Khaled’s summary statement because it ignores the preseason loss of Ryan Clady to injury. He’s the fifth-highest paid O-lineman, according to Over The Cap. Add his $10.6 million cap number to the current $15.2 million total for the unit, and the $25.8 million would equal fifth-most in the league this season.

    • Kuato Lives

      The Broncos O-line cap total comes from Spotrac.

  • Cant FixStupid

    Packers from 4th last year to 26th so far this year?? Yeah, with Barclay’s play it’s hard to disagree. Bak hasn’t continued his progression like expected either, he’s taken a step back so far this year. But our interior with Sitton, Lang and Linsley, arguably the best interior OL in the NFL. Without them the last few weeks, Rodgers would have been hit and sacked far too much, but thankfully we have that beast trio in the middle to give Rodgers clean pockets and lanes to move up into and make plays. Getting Bulaga back today was awesome, and there’s no doubt that ranking is gonna go up from here on out.

  • Douglass Pinkard

    Nobody drops Fitzpatrick, Ivory averages 5+ yards per carry. Why rate the Jet O Line so high?! Don’t you guys have a system of kind? Get with it! Clearly they’re the WORST!

  • Brit

    The Dolphins fans should run the team, rather than Ross, Tannanbaum, and Hickey. We all knew how pathetic their guards were before the season even started. We were all advocating for picking up Evan Mathis and drafting a guard in the 2nd round. They ignored the position and the Dolphins have literally the two worst guards in the entire NFL.