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NFL offensive line rankings ahead of Week 9

Cleveland, Ohio, USA; The Cleveland Browns offense celebrates after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

• Top three goes unchanged: The Philadelphia Eagles remain the unquestioned No. 1 offensive line in the NFL.

• Chiefs up to No. 4: Kansas City's unit is run blocking well despite a tackle duo that's struggling in pass protection.

• Bengals drop back down: After moving into the top 25 last week, Cincinnati's woeful Monday Night Football performance has the line at No. 27.

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 give an incredible advantage to everything on 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 8)

Projected Week 9 Starters:

LT Jordan Mailata
LG Landon Dickerson
C Jason Kelce
RG Isaac Seumalo
RT Lane Johnson

  • The Steelers' defensive front caused a few problems for the Eagles' line, but nothing catastrophic. While four of the five starters allowed multiple pressures, no one surrendered more than three.
  • The Eagles have the best team PFF pass-blocking grade in the NFL through Week 8.

Upcoming Opponent: Houston Texans

  • Houston’s defensive front has talented players but they aren’t performing up to their abilities. They rank 31st in yards per attempt allowed rushing and generate a below-average volume of pressure.

2. Cleveland Browns (No Change)

Projected Week 9 Starters:

LT Jedrick Wills Jr.
LG Joel Bitonio
C Ethan Pocic
RG Hjalte Froholdt
RT Jack Conklin

  • Even without Wyatt Teller in the lineup, the Browns stomped the Bengals on Monday night. Hjalte Frodoldt had a perfect day in pass protection.
  • Jedrick Wills Jr. has allowed 21 pressures this season, more than double the next-highest figure on the Browns. 
  • The Browns are the best-graded run-blocking line in the NFL this season.

Upcoming Opponent: BYE


3. Baltimore Ravens (No Change)

Projected Week 9 Starters:

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

  • Ronnie Stanley played 61 of 76 snaps against the Buccaneers on Thursday night, allowing no pressure all game.
  • Rookie Tyler Linderbaum leads the team with 10 pressures surrendered.

Upcoming Opponent: New Orleans Saints

  • The Saints' defense has been underachieving, but they showed up last week, putting Derek Carr under pressure 41.4% of the time.


4. Kansas City Chiefs (Up 2)

Projected Week 9 Starters:

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

  • The Chiefs line sports the third-best run-blocking grade in the NFL this season.
  • Orlando Brown Jr. and Andrew Wylie have now combined for 44 pressures allowed and seven penalties as a tackle duo this season.

Upcoming Opponent: Tennessee Titans

  • Tennessee can generate pressure even without elite edge rushers. Jeffery Simmons is a problem on the interior, currently grading behind only Chris Jones among interior defenders.

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