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In The Trenches: Matchups for Week 15

Co-written by Matt Bitonti and Justis Mosqueda. Comparing offensive and defensive lines to find the best matchups for the week.

Welcome back to another week in the trenches.

The recipe is take Bitonti's offensive line rankings and compare them to Mosqueda's defensive front rankings.

The goal is to isolate and discuss the choicest matchups of the slate, from a "three-point stance" perspective.

All of the matchups are listed at the bottom of the article.

Let's get after it!



PIT +27 

Pittsburgh vs. New England - Sunday 4:25 PM ET 

JM: In terms of tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage, both in the passing game and the running game, the New England Patriots are by far the worst team in the sport. They are about 25.5 tackles behind the NFL average in that aspect. Only three other teams (Washington, Oakland and Detroit) are even half as bad as them on the year. Trey Flowers has six sacks on the season, but there's virtually no one else on that defensive line that Pittsburgh will have to worry about. Rookie Deatrich Wise has three sacks on the year, good for a tie for 95th-112nd in the league, while Eric Lee, who has played three professional games in his career, is third on the defensive line in sacks with 2.5 on the season.

BIT: Whether he stays with the Steelers or tries his luck in free agency, right tackle Chris Hubbard has boosted his future earnings. With Marcus Gilbert out four games with a suspension, Hubbard was forced into action. The offense has been proficient in recent weeks and Hubbard is currently playing as an above average starter.  This choice matchup assumes center Maurkice Pouncey, who has been limited with a hip problem, is healthy enough to play this weekend against New England. Pouncey is a tough player and is usually a safe bet to play through an injury. 


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