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!
Defensive Fronts to Trust
New York (A) @ Denver - Sunday 4:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ Houston - Sunday 1 PM ET
JM: DeForest Buckner isn't making a ton of tackles at or behind the line this year (his stats there are fairly comparable to Arik Armstead, who has been out for months, there.) With that being said, it's nearly impossible to ignore the impact he has as a pressure player. Many of those players are being cleaned up by Solomon Thomas, who along with Myles Garrett and T.J. Watt are the most productive EDGE rookies in the 2017 class, and a rotation of other pass-rushers. Outside of nose tackle, despite having a potential hidden gem in D.J. Jones, the team has had a big turn around from 2016. Last year, anyone could run at San Francisco at will. Now, they've been respectable at a minimum.
OFFENSIVE LINES TO TRUST
Tennessee @ Arizona - Sunday 4:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Kansas City - Sunday 1 PM ET
JM: Between Week 6 and Week 12, the only team making fewer tackles at or behind the line than the Kansas City Chiefs were the Cincinnati Bengals. Last week against the New York, Jets quarterback Josh McCown was virtually untouched as he had a nearly flawless game through the air and run for two touchdowns. Chris Jones isn't making as many plays as he was in the first month of the season. Justin Houston can't be Superman every game. Allen Bailey is now a splash play-only lineman. When Houston drops into coverage (often), Derek Carr is going to have a lot of time to throw the ball.
BIT: The Raiders' offense has only run power blocking with Marshawn Lynch seven times this season. But Lynch averages 11 yards-per-carry when they go power run blocking (as defined as pull trap man scheme). The offense has run more power of late, taking advantage of their extremely talented line and the offense was clicking last week against the New York Giants. It's hard to pick just one Raiders' offensive lineman to praise. Donald Penn is extremely nimble and Rodney Hudson is a technician. The guards of Gabe Jackson and Kelechi Osemele are churning through defenders recently. "KO" particularly is putting together another All-Pro campaign. All of this adds up to a potentially unfortunate matchup for the Chiefs defense at home.
WEEK 14 DEFENSIVE FRONT MATCHUPS
|New York (A)||defensive front||13||@||Denver||offensive line||32||DEF||NYJ +19|
|Denver||defensive front||5||vs||New York (A)||offensive line||21||DEF||DEN +16|
|San Francisco||defensive front||16||@||Houston||offensive line||31||DEF||SF +15|
|Pittsburgh||defensive front||2||vs||Baltimore||offensive line||15||DEF||PIT +13|
|Oakland||defensive front||17||@||Kansas City||offensive line||27||DEF||OAK +10|
|Cincinnati||defensive front||8||vs||Chicago||offensive line||17||DEF||CIN +9|
|Green Bay||defensive front||20||@||Cleveland||offensive line||29||DEF||GB +9|
|Jacksonville||defensive front||1||vs||Seattle||offensive line||9||DEF||JAX +8|
|Seattle||defensive front||3||@||Jacksonville||offensive line||11||DEF||SEA +8|
|Los Angeles (A)||defensive front||6||vs||Washington||offensive line||13||DEF||LAC +7|
|Cleveland||defensive front||19||vs||Green Bay||offensive line||25||DEF||CLE +6|
|Atlanta||defensive front||9||vs||New Orleans||offensive line||14||DEF||ATL +5|
|Dallas||defensive front||21||@||New York (N)||offensive line||26||DEF||DAL +5|
|Philadelphia||defensive front||4||@||Los Angeles (N)||offensive line||8||DEF||PHI +4|
|Minnesota||defensive front||7||@||Carolina||offensive line||10||DEF||MIN +3|
|Los Angeles (N)||defensive front||10||vs||Philadelphia||offensive line||12||DEF||LAR +2|
|Miami||defensive front||18||vs||New England||offensive line||20||DEF||MIA +2|
WEEK 14 OFFENSIVE LINE MATCHUPS
|San Francisco||offensive line||5||@||Houston||defensive front||28||OL||SF +23|
|Tennessee||offensive line||3||@||Arizona||defensive front||26||OL||TEN +23|
|Oakland||offensive line||2||@||Kansas City||defensive front||22||OL||OAK +20|
|Atlanta||offensive line||7||vs||New Orleans||defensive front||25||OL||ATL +18|
|Dallas||offensive line||1||@||New York (N)||defensive front||12||OL||DAL +11|
|Minnesota||offensive line||6||@||Carolina||defensive front||14||OL||MIN +8|
|Buffalo||offensive line||16||vs||Indianapolis||defensive front||23||OL||BUF +7|
|Los Angeles (A)||offensive line||8||vs||Washington||defensive front||15||OL||LAC +7|
|Pittsburgh||offensive line||4||vs||Baltimore||defensive front||11||OL||PIT +7|
|Miami||offensive line||24||vs||New England||defensive front||31||OL||MIA +7|
|Detroit||offensive line||23||@||Tampa Bay||defensive front||29||OL||DET +6|
|Arizona||offensive line||18||vs||Tennessee||defensive front||24||OL||ARI +6|
|Indianapolis||offensive line||23||@||Buffalo||defensive front||27||OL||IND +4|
|Tampa Bay||offensive line||30||vs||Detroit||defensive front||32||OL||TB +2|
|Cincinnati||offensive line||28||vs||Chicago||defensive front||30||OL||CIN +2|
DEFENSIVE FRONT RANKINGS
|6||Los Angeles (A)|
|10||Los Angeles (N)|
|12||New York (N)|
|13||New York (A)|
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