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NFL offensive line rankings ahead of Week 18

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce (62), center Landon Dickerson (69) and offensive tackle Jordan Mailata (68) prepare to block against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

• Kansas City Chiefs back up to No. 2: The line allowed just six total pressures against Denver this past week.

• Buccaneers move into top 10: Tampa Bay’s offensive line ranks first in the league in PFF pass-blocking efficiency (90.5).

• Titans head into pseudo-playoff game with No. 32 unit: The Tennessee offensive line ranks last in PFF pass-blocking efficiency and second worst in rushing yards before contact on average.

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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 17)

Projected Week 18 Starters:

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

  • Jack Driscoll gave up two sacks and a penalty in Week 17, earning the lowest PFF game grade of the five Eagles linemen against New Orleans. This is still a good line, but it now has a weakness.
  • This is now the most penalized offensive line in the NFL (42).

Upcoming Opponent: New York Giants

  • Dexter Lawrence is the biggest threat for the Giants' defense, but their edge rushers will like their chances against Driscoll at right tackle.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (Up 1)

Projected Week 18 Starters:

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

  • The line allowed just six total pressures against Denver this past week.
  • Nick Allegretti came in and played 19 snaps in place of an injured Joe Thuney against Denver. The star left guard is not expected to miss additional time.

Upcoming Opponent: Las Vegas Raiders

  • Maxx Crosby has 76 pressures this season, 29 more than the next-closest Raider. He will line up against Andrew Wylie consistently — a clear mismatch in Crosby's favor.

3. Green Bay Packers (Up 1)

Projected Week 18 Starters:

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

  • David Bakhtiari was back in the starting lineup at left tackle after an appendectomy. He allowed just one pressure against Minnesota.
  • No lineman allowed more than two pressures against the Vikings.

Upcoming Opponent: Detroit Lions

  • Aidan Hutchinson is playing some of his best football in recent weeks. He finished with seven pressures against Chicago last week and has 50 for the season. He plays both sides of the line but may confine himself to avoiding Bakhtiari.

4. Baltimore Ravens (Down 2)

Projected Week 18 Starters:

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

  • Baltimore’s line struggled to deal with Pittsburgh’s unusual six-man defensive front in the run game on Sunday night. None of the starters earned even an average run-blocking grade.
  • The Ravens have the least-penalized line in the league this season, garnering just 22 calls as a group.

Upcoming Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals

  • D.J. Reader and Trey Hendrickson give Cincinnati one elite threat on the edge and one on the interior. Reader has the power to overwhelm rookie center Tyler Linderbaum.

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