NFL Offensive Line Overview: Week 13 Edition

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offense 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.

With fantasy football playoffs fast approaching, informed lineup decisions are key now more than ever — but tabulating projected points and playing matchups can only go so far. One of the strongest indicators of offensive success remains, as always, the reliability of a team’s protective front. Without further ado, let’s check in on which O-lines are trending up and down across the league.

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Monday Night Observations

As someone who had the Titans +6, that was a frustrating watch. The game turned on two plays mainly, the 4th-and-1 stuff inside the five when the Titans for God knows what reason handed off to the tight end and the next play when Lamar Miller ran for a 97-yard TD. That was a 14-point swing from which the Titans never recovered.

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Week 12 Observations

It was a good week for me, the frustrating Sunday night game notwithstanding, as I went 10-5 ATS and more or less got the fantasy outcomes I needed. I’ll take the “L” on Christian McCaffrey though – a player in whom I have zero shares and whom I mocked as a first-round pick all preseason.

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Thanksgiving Day Observations

I always say it’s a good Thanksgiving when you go 2-1 against the spread. After the Bears pick-sixed a cover in the early game, I was 1-0 and feeling good about myself. And before you whine about my being lucky, remember the first Lions TD that came on a fourth-down conversion that was deflected miraculously to a Lions player for the first down. (There are no good beats, only bad ones.)

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: Thanksgiving Preview

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.

Last week’s article pegged this point of the NFL season as the crucible — the period where contenders would fully distinguish themselves from pretenders — and Week 11 didn’t disappoint. Multiple Super Bowl-bound teams took the opportunity to show what they’re made of (see: Monday Night’s madness). Other groups have hit bumps in the road, and face new obstacles to overcome on the journey to the playoffs. Without further ado, let’s check in on the state of the NFL’s trenches heading into Thanksgiving Day’s matchups.

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Week 11 Rewatch Notes

Week 11 was a brutal week in many ways, leading off with Alex Smith’s gruesome injury. But lets take a look at what else happened in that game, and others on the early slate as I post my notes from the Game Pass Rematches. (I usually focus on the early slate games the most, as there are too many to follow closely during that slate, plus usually my Bengals are playing in that slot and I focus on them.)

Texans @ Redskins

Texans:

  • Jordan Akins had a nice third down conversion on the Texans first drive. His snap count isn’t high, but he could be more of the offense going forward. The Texans used a third-round pick on him this year.
  • Lamar Miller found plenty of room to run early in the first quarter.
  • Pump fake freezes the safety on the Hopkins touchdown.
  • J.J. Watt lost a sack due to defensive holding in the secondary.
  • Coutee was open on Watson’s 2nd quarter interception, but he couldn’t get any power on the throw.
  • HOU follows up their second INT with a sack, which ultimately leads to a missed field goal.
  • Alfred Blue getting a lot of work early in the third quarter.
  • Hopkins catch + fumble in the third quarter kills the first drive of the third quarter – pretty close call, reviewed, “.. the call stands …” – not a case of the call being confirmed.
  • Watson’s footwork was bad on both of his interceptions.
  • Twice had to settle for field goals after getting the ball inside the 10.

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Monday Night Observations

Hope you didn’t bet the under. The total of 105 was the third most in NFL history.

Even the defenses chipped in with three TDs of their own. I sat the Rams defense in a couple leagues, leaving 25 points on my bench. And congratulations to the Chiefs who became the first team ever to score 50-plus and lose.

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