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 (12th)|
|Pass YPG: 242.4 (14th)||QB Hits Allowed: 5 (1st)|
|Week 8 Opponent: vs. Washington (Monday Night)|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 103.3 (12th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 218.6 (8th)|
|Sacks: 16 (T-14th)|
Injuries: Doug Free, foot (out), Tyron Smith, ankle (questionable)
Backups: (T): John Wetzel, Darrion Weems (G): Mackenzy Bernadeau (C):
Fantasy Impact: Another week, another commanding performance from the Dallas Cowboys' offensive line. THis line just keeps chugging along, as they gashed the Giants for 156 rushing yards - 4.5 yards per carry - on the way to a 31-21 Week 7 victory. Dallas was able to impose their will on the ground, as they have every game this season, and was able to play well enough in pass protection - two sacks, five hurries - to allow Tony Romo to make a few big plays down field. Tyron Smith did have his worst game of the season, as he had trouble slowing down Jason Pierre-Paul for a large portion of the game. However, Smith was playing with an ankle injury, so that may have affected his performance. On the other side of the line, Jeremy Parnell was great in place of injured starting right tackle Doug Free. This is important, as Free is expected to miss a few more weeks. Despite clearly being the best o-line in the league, there is one area where the Cowboys need to improve; Dallas leads the league in o-line holding penalties, as they are up 15 infractions through 7 games, after Smith and Leary were both cited for holding penalties in the win over the Giants. This is an issue that has not hurt Dallas yet, but certainly needs to be corrected moving forward. Week 8 presents a decent matchup with a Washington that has played, relatively, well this season. Washington did lose Brian Orakpo for the season, which will hurt, but the defensive front is still talented enough to be disruptive. Yet, despite the talent along the Washing defensive front, expect the Cowboys to continue to have success pounding the rock in Week 8. Dallas will keep rolling with DeMarco Murray and the running game until someone finds a way to stop it.
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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 (16th)||Sacks Allowed: 6 (T-2nd)|
|Pass YPG: 241.8 (16th)||QB Hits Allowed: 7 (T-3rd)|
|Week 8 Opponent: vs. Baltimore|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 87.4 (7th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 258.4 (24th)|
|Sacks: 15 (T-16th)|
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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