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: 160.3 (1st)||Sacks Allowed: 10 (T-10th)|
|Pass YPG: 238.3 (16th)||QB Hits Allowed: 4 (T-2nd)|
|Week 7 Opponent: vs. NY Giants|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 116.3 (18th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 261.7 (24th)|
|Sacks: 11 (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), Clint Boiling (RG), Andre Smith (RT)
|2014 Offensive Ranks:|
|Rush YPG: 127.4 (11th)||Sacks Allowed: 2 (1st)|
|Pass YPG: 269.6 (8th)||QB Hits Allowed: 5 (T-4th)|
|Week 7 Opponent: at Indianapolis|
|Rush YPG Allowed: 107.5 (11th)|
|Pass YPG Allowed: 233.0 (14th)|
|Sacks: 17 (6th)|
Injuries: Kevin Zeitler, calf (doubtful)
Backups: (T): Will Svitek, Dan France (G): T.J. Johnson, Trey Hopkins (C): Trevor Robinson
Fantasy Impact: Cincinnati' o-line played well in Week 6's disappointing tie with Carolina. The line did a great job in pass protection, only allowing one sack, of Andy Dalton, and minimal other pressure. Dalton had time in the pocket all game, which is certainly a credit to this o-line unit. The ground game was also effective, as the Bengals racked up 193 yards on the ground, however, it must be mentioned that 89 of those yards came on one Giovanni Bernard run. And while the performance came against a Panthers team that does not look as good defensively as many expected, the Bengals' o-line still handled them, and put Cincinnati in position to win the game, which is all you can ask for from an o-line unit. Week 7 presents a huge matchup with a Colts team that has won four straight games, and is playing at a high level on both sides of the ball. In fact, the Indy defense has been one of the more pleasant surprises this season, as they have shocked many with their strong play. The Colts have had a lot of success rushing the passer - 17 sacks, tied for 6th best output in NFL - which matches up well with the strength of the Cincinnati offensive line, who have allowed the least sacks in the league in 2014. Look for Cincinnati to continue to try and move the ball on the ground, while also providing Andy Dalton enough time to make some plays through the air. Furthermore, this may be the week that Kevin Zeitler finally returns to the lineup, which would be a huge boon for this o-line unit.
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