Welcome back to another week "In The Trenches."
Every week we will take Bitonti's offensive line rankings and compare them to Mosqueda's defensive front rankings, and combine the two with the goal of isolating and discussing the choicest matchups. All of the matchups are listed at the bottom of the article.
Let's get after it!
OFFENSIVE LINES TO TRUST
Dallas @ Atlanta - Sunday 4:25 PM ET
JM: The Dallas Cowboys have one of the more interesting defensive line situations in the league right now. While defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is racing for the sack title, there was little help for him to start the season. Coming off suspension, defensive tackle/end hybrid David Irving has changed that, but the team still has two blue chippers lining up next to question marks. In terms of tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage, Lawrence leads the team with 15, Irving is second with nine and third place is a tie between Tyrone Crawford and Maliek Collins with five. To put that into perspective, Collins, who has roughly half of a number of Irving's tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage, has played more than twice the amount of snaps as him this season. For Atlanta, they only need to focus on stopping two penetrators.
BIT: This weekend's game between the Cowboys and Falcons features the two top-rated offensive lines in all of the league. Much has been made of the Cowboys' offensive line (and certainly the attention is deserved) but the Falcons' offensive line is also a top-notch unit in their own right. Right tackle Ryan Schraeder is fully recovered from injury and is playing for a contract. Center Alex Mack did not have a great performance last week against Carolina (especially on short yardage) but he and the rest of the line should have a much easier time this week against an uneven Cowboys' defensive front.