Articles by Ilango Villoth

A listing of all the articles written by Ilango Villoth for the RotoWire Blog.

NFL Offensive Line Overview: Week 10 Edition

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offence runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, we look at which of the league’s 32 offensive lines are trending up and down.

By Week 10 of the regular season, teams have found their identity. Pretenders’ weaknesses have been exposed, and contenders are vying to keep momentum through to the postseason. Without further ado, let’s check in on which offensive lines are trending up and down around the league.

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: Week 9 Edition

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offence runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, we look at which of the league’s 32 offensive lines are trending up and down.

Without further ado, let’s check in on the state of the NFL’s trenches heading into Week 9:

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: Week 8

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offence runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, we look at which of the league’s 32 offensive lines are trending up and down.

 Without further ado, let’s check in on the state of the NFL’s trenches heading into Week 8.

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: Week 7 Edition

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offence runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, we look at which of the league’s 32 offensive lines are trending up and down.

 Without further ado, let’s check in on the state of the NFL’s trenches heading into Thursday Night Football.

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: Quarter Poll Edition

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offence runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, the ebb and flow of all 32 offensive line groups around the NFL is analyzed and relevant fantasy implications are uncovered.

With a fourth of the regular season under our belt, let’s take a look at which offensive lines trending upwards or falling heading into Week 5:

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: Week 4 Edition

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offence runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, the ebb and flow of all 32 offensive line groups around the NFL is analyzed and relevant fantasy implications are uncovered.

Last week was defined by shocking upsets — the Bills trounced the Vikings, Detroit felled New England, and an injured Marcus Mariota led the Titans to a win over the lauded Jaguars defense. To decipher out whether such results were anomalies or whether the status quo is truly in flux, let’s take a look at the foundations of key offenses around the league heading into Week 4:

 

Risers:

Detroit Lions

It’s been the same story for years with this team: “Matthew Stafford doesn’t receive adequate protection, there’s no running game to get off the ground, and as a result the offense just can’t move consistently.”  But after a questionable start to the 2018 season, Detroit seems to have finally shifted the narrative; the team’s offense is actually defined by consistency up front.  Considering the amount of questions surrounding the Lions’ O-line heading into the season, the group’s performance is nothing short of shocking. That Detroit hadn’t had a 100-yard rusher in 70 games (until rookie Kerryon Johnson ended the drought last week) is one of the most bandied about stats of recent times, but even that doesn’t come close to exemplifying just how well this offensive front has played. In 138 pass attempts over the last three games, the O-line has allowed Stafford to be sacked only three times — making them the best pass protection group in the NFL thus far. While it should be considered that Detroit has yet to face a top-end pass rush, the improvements surrounding the protection can’t be ignored: for the first time in years, this team’s offensive line is a strength and not a weakness.

What to watch: Despite a marked improvement in run-blocking, neither Kerryon Johnson or LeGarrette Blount has scored a touchdown this season. That could change after Sunday’s tilt against the Cowboys.

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: Week 3 Roundup

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offence runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, the ebb and flow of all 32 offensive line groups around the NFL is analyzed and relevant fantasy implications are uncovered.

With two weeks of the regular season to digest, we can finally start to really separate the contenders and pretenders. One common theme shared between underwhelming offenses? — shoddy offensive line play. Looking at teams like the Cardinals, Texans and Giants, it’s obvious that not even fantasy studs like David Johnson, OBJ and Deshaun Watson are immune to being dragged down by poor O-line play. Now heading into Week 3 of the 2018 season, let’s take a look at which lines around the league are trending up or down:

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