James Seltzer's analysis of every NFL team's offensive line – with a focus on how it impacts fantasy football.
1. Dallas Cowboys Excellent Stability / Good Health
Starters: Tyron Smith (LT), Ronald Leary (LG), Travis Frederick (C), Zack Martin (RG), Jermey Parnell (RT)
|2014 Offensive Ranks:|
|Rush YPG: 159.7 (1st)||Sacks Allowed: 12 (T-10th)|
|Pass YPG: 242.4 (16th)||QB Hits Allowed: 5 (T-2nd)|
|Week 8 Opponent: vs. Washington (Monday Night)|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 103.3 (12th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 218.6 (8th)|
|Sacks: 16 (18th)|
Injuries: Doug Free, foot (out), Tyron Smith, ankle (questionable)
Backups: (T): John Wetzel, Darrion Weems (G): Mackenzy Bernadeau (C):
Fantasy Impact: Wow. That was the reaction many had, as Dallas went into Seattle, the toughest place to play in the league, and punched the Seahwaks in the mouth, on the way to a 30-23 victory. This Dallas o-line unit were the stars of the game, as they manhandled a Seattle defensive front that came into the game as the league's best unit against the run. Dallas ran the ball 37 times for 162 yards - 4.4 per carry - allowing the Cowboys to control the clock, by pounding the rock down Seattle's throats. Honestly, this was the best performance we have seen from an offensive line all season, as this Dallas unit made a statement, and put a stranglehold on the title of best offensive line in the league. However, there was some bad news to come out of the victory, as right tackle Doug Free suffered a broken foot which will keep him out up to a month. Jeremy Parnell will replace Free until the starter is fully healed. Parnell played in in all sixteen games in 2012 and 2013, so he has a good amount of experience competing on the NFL level. Ultimately, any in-season change, along an o-line, is worrisome because continuity is such an important factor in an o-line's success, however, Parnell has played with most of Dallas' lineman before, and is not a significant drop in talent from Free, so look for Parnell to be able to hold the fort until Free returns, as this Dallas line should continue to be the best in the league. Week 7 should be a good first test for Parnell, as Dallas faces a Giants team coming off an embarrassing division loss to the Eagles. Look for New York to come ready to play, however, until someone finds a way to slow down the Cowboys' running game, expect it to continue to be successful week in and week out.
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2. Cincinnati Bengals Excellent Stability / Good Health
Starters: Andrew Whitworth (LT), Mike Pollak (LG), Russell Bodine (C), Kevin Zeitler (RG), Andre Smith (RT)
|2014 Offensive Ranks:|
|Rush YPG: 111.5 (11th)||Sacks Allowed: 6 (1st)|
|Pass YPG: 241.8 (8th)||QB Hits Allowed: 9 (T-4th)|
|Week 8 Opponent: vs. Baltimore|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 87.4 (11th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 258.4 (14th)|
|Sacks: 15 (6th)|
Injuries: Kevin Zeitler, calf (probable)
Backups: (T): Will Svitek, Dan France (G): Clint Boiling, T.J. Johnson, Trey Hopkins (C): Trevor Robinson
Fantasy Impact: The Bengals were dominated, in every phase of the game, in Week 7's 27-0 loss to the Colts. Cincinnati's o-line was manhandled by a physical Indy defensive front, allowing three sacks of Andy Dalton, in addition to four hits and four hurries. The line was also unable to make any headway in the ground game, as the Bengals gained only 32 yards rushing, at a paltry 2.7 yards per carry clip. Cincinnati's offensive futility was epic in the Week 7 loss, as the team clearly missed AJ Green's explosiveness. On the bright side, right guard Kevin Zeitler returned to the lineup for the first time in over a month. Zeilter handled himself well, and did not seem to show any lingering effects of the calf injury that has kept him sidelined. The Bengals face a stiff test in Week 8, as they face a talented Ravens team, with a defense that has not allowed more than 23 points in any game this season. Cincinnati's o-line played well in the first mathcup with Baltimore, but it looks like they have regressed since that Week 1 matchup. Cincinnati's o-line will need to show up with a solid outing in Week 8, or it may be time to start worrying about a line that seemed to be as stable as any in the league only a short time ago.
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