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NFL offensive line rankings ahead of Week 17

Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) celebrates with offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) after a touchdown during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

• Top five remains unchanged: The Eagles, Ravens, Chiefs, Packers and Falcons remain in their spots as the best offensive lines in the NFL heading into Week 17.

• Bengals tumble down to 28th despite win streak: Amid the loss of La'el Collins to a knee injury, the Bengals' offensive line drops four spots from last week's ranking.

• Chargers climb six spots to No. 21: Los Angeles, while struggling to create holes in the run game, is performing better as a pass-blocking unit.

Estimated Reading Time: 15 mins

Few things are more important to a team’s success than the quality of its offensive line. Disastrous lines, or even disastrous weak-link mismatches, can determine the outcome of games, while strong units provide an incredible advantage to an offense.

This season, we will be keeping track of PFF’s offensive line rankings as well as highlighting the biggest weak-link player and their upcoming opponent to identify any obvious matchup advantage one way or the other.

Key:
Red text = weakest link

1. Philadelphia Eagles (No Change from Week 16)

Projected Week 17 Starters:

LT Jordan Mailata
LG Landon Dickerson
C Jason Kelce
RG Isaac Seumalo
RT Jack Driscoll

  • An injury to Lane Johnson means, for the first time, there is a potential weak link to this offensive line in Jack Driscoll. He has already given up more pressures than Johnson this season despite seeing a fraction of the playing time.
  • Only two teams have had more penalties as an offensive line than Philadelphia’s 36 this season.

Upcoming Opponent: New Orleans Saints

  • The Saints have underachieved up front all season. They rank almost exactly average in pressure rate (30.6%), but Cameron Jordan is the kind of veteran test for Driscoll that will answer a lot of questions.

2. Baltimore Ravens (No Change)

Projected Week 17 Starters:

LT Ronnie Stanley
LG Ben Powers
C Tyler Linderbaum
RG Kevin Zeitler
RT Morgan Moses

  • The Ravens' offensive line allowed just two hurries against Atlanta.
  • Baltimore has surrendered just 98 pressures as an offensive line this season despite not having their starting five all year.

Upcoming Opponent: Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Cameron Heyward is the highest-graded interior lineman in the NFL over the past two weeks and will target Ben Powers.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (No Change)

Projected Week 17 Starters:

LT Orlando Brown Jr.
LG Joe Thuney
C Creed Humphrey
RG Trey Smith
RT Andrew Wylie

  • No member of the line allowed more than one pressure against the Seahawks, though the one Andrew Wylie let up was a sack.
  • Wylie has now allowed eight sacks and has eight penalties to his name on the season.

Upcoming Opponent: Denver Broncos

  • Denver’s pass rush has cooled off over the season and now ranks 10th in pressure rate (34.8%). Randy Gregory was back on the field but recorded no pressure on 11 snaps last week.

4. Green Bay Packers (No Change)

Projected Week 17 Starters:

LT Zach Tom
LG Elgton Jenkins
C Josh Myers
RG Jon Runyan
RT Yosh Nijman

  • Rookie Zach Tom has allowed just eight pressures across 247 pass-blocking snaps this season, most of which have come in relief of David Bakhtiari at left tackle.
  • Green Bay’s line has committed just 23 penalties, better than all but two teams.

Upcoming Opponent: Minnesota Vikings

  • Za’Darius Smith is tied for second in the league with 78 pressures, half of which come from an inside alignment against guards and centers.

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