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2021 GZL Best Offensive Lines
By Keith Van Wagner
Special to gzl-football.com

OK, so as you saw in the forum I came up with a new metric by which to evaluate offensive linemen. I plan on reviewing each lineman by position and scoring them in an article, but I first wanted to apply this new tool to Offensive Lines as a unit, by team.

This was a little bit labor intensive as I had to aggregate individual stats for all linemen based on their specific teams. It took some manual data entry and aggressive use of the sorting feature of Excel, but I was able to calculate the total number of pancakes and sacks allowed for each team, based on individual stats. I even had to look at a few free agent stats for players that had been signed and released by teams during the course of the season.

It's interesting to note that of the 32 teams, 6 had their 5 starters play the entire time (or more precisely, had only 5 players record any stats). Those teams were Tennessee, Seattle, Giants, Buffalo, Baltimore, Arizona. Only 2 teams had that distinction. As you'll see below starter stability on the line didn't translate into success. Everybody else had at least 6 players record stats at an Offensive line position. The team with the most players recording stats was Kansas City with 10 players getting time, which suggests that they wouldn't score well. Interestingly, in looking back at last year’s rankings, the Chiefs also had the most O lIne players, also with 10.

Of the Top 10 teams, 7 made the playoffs. New Orleans had the 3rd best line, but only managed a 6-10 record, which is interesting. New England had the worst ranked line (25th) to make the playoffs. They must be doing something right.

The team with the most sacks allowed was the Redskins with 43. Last year the number was 37 by the Vikings and Falcons. The team with the fewest sacks allowed was 5 by the Rams’ line. That’s kind of incredible. The best unit last year gave up only 12. The Redskins were pretty bad this year, but not as bad as the Vikings last year (-34.75). Still, they had 3 players give up double digit sacks, which is amazing when there were only 13 who did that in the league.

Four teams made the Top 10 this year and last. They are Denver, Chicago, San Diego and Green Bay. Last year’s worst team, Minnesota, “improved” to 31st.

Here are the offensive lines, ranked in order with their scores:

1 ST. LOUIS 289.50
2 CHICAGO 274.00
3 NEW ORLEANS 272.25
4 GREEN BAY 262.50
6 DALLAS 260.75
7 DENVER 260.25
8 BUFFALO 240.00
9 TAMPA BAY 237.25
10 SAN DIEGO 220.00
11 CINCINNATI 213.25
12 CLEVELAND 195.00
13 PITTSBURGH 193.75
14 BALTIMORE 191.50
15 TENNESSEE 182.50
16 CAROLINA 181.50
17 ATLANTA 177.50
18 KANSAS CITY 175.00
19 OAKLAND 168.00
21 HOUSTON 157.75
22 MIAMI 157.50
25 NEW ENGLAND 117.75
26 NY JETS 108.00
27 SEATTLE 63.00
28 DETROIT 62.50
29 ARIZONA 48.25
30 NY GIANTS 43.00
31 MINNESOTA 40.00
32 WASHINGTON -10.25
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