“We might be watching the best offensive line of this century”
I think we might be watching the best offensive line of this century on Sunday. The Eagles are that good right now. Just realize this: In the last five weeks, Philadelphia has played three great defensive fronts in the Cowboys, Giants, and 49ers. In those three games, the best pass-rushers—Micah Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence, Dexter Lawrence, Leonard Williams, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Nick Bosa—totaled zero sacks, and in those 12 quarters, the combined front sevens of those three teams have one sack for zero yards. We do not appreciate how great Jordan Mailata, Landon Dickerson, Jason Kelce, Isaac Seumalo and Lane Johnson are, collectively, and how great a team line coach Jeff Stoutland is.
Best Unit: Eagles O-line. The Philadelphia Eagles entered the season ranked No. 1 in PFF’s offensive line rankings, and they stayed at that position every week of the season. They have the best offensive line in football, and it is the foundation of everything they do on offense. The San Francisco 49ers have an elite defense and were one of the league’s highest-graded teams against the run in 2022, but the Eagles were able to open up several huge holes for the run game in the NFC championship game and rack up almost 150 yards on the ground.
No starter on the Philadelphia offensive line ranks lower than sixth at their respective position in PFF grade over the entire season — every member is a top-10 player. Right tackle Lane Johnson has surrendered just 11 total pressures — all hurries — across 17 games and over 600 pass-blocking snaps. Chris Jones is the best player on the Kansas City defense and a genuine Defensive Player of the Year candidate. He was a difference-maker against the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC championship game despite substantial extra attention, but the Eagles are a completely different proposition. When they faced the New York Giants‘ Dexter Lawrence in the divisional round, they held him without a single pressure for the first time this season.
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