Finally, week one is in the books and we have some real film to examine! The rankings held up fairly decently but there is one major upgrade and several teams with serious injury news. The big men, the o-line, let's get after it!
With Sunday's games in the books, fellow Footballguy guru Jeff Haseley pointed out that 4 out of the bottom 5 ranked offensive lines in these rankings had lost their games. The Minnesota Vikings were yet to play and were ranked 32nd in last week's rankings. Twitter user Alan Thicc stated that "Minnesota can't be worse than Cinci." And he was right. In fact, the Vikings' offensive line showed serious signs of life against the New Orleans Saints' defensive front. Rookie center Pat Elfein played like a veteran at the pivot and the line had a nice moment on 3rd and 1 getting push in short yardage. Pass protection gave quarterback Sam Bradford time in the pocket to make his throws. The new tackles held up better than expected. It should be noted that Bradford played lights out, and not only was it at home but it was the opener. Overreaction is a risk. Still, we are upgrading for the Vikings' offensive line, who go from the basement to within sight of the mid-tier. If they keep playing this week, they will be a mid-tier line in no time.