Welcome back to another week in the trenches.
The recipe is to 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, through a "three-point stance" perspective.
All of the matchups are listed at the bottom of the article.
Let's get after it!
DEFENSIVE FRONTS TO TRUST
Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland- Sunday 1 PM ET
BIT: About a month ago it was reported on twitter that Browns' left tackle Spencer Drango was tipping plays. Teams were keying on Drango's footwork and were able to diagnose the play just by focusing on Joe Thomas' replacement. The NFL is a tough league and there's always going to be a surivival of the fittest attitude. Right tackle Shon Coleman (a second year player out of Auburn) has been inconsistant, although not as bad as Drango. The guard play is solid,but the tackles make the offensive line a low-tier unit. The Browns will have their hands full this weekend facing a motivated Steelers' defensive front on the road. Kickoff temperature is forecast to be 16 degrees.
Seattle @ Arizona - Sunday 4:25 PM ET
BIT: Right guard Earl Watford returned to practice this week. Watford has been dealing with a high ankle sprain, and is listed as questionable. It is not clear if the team would start Watford, given the team's lack of playoff hope. Evan Boehm had been starting his place. Another injury replacement, left tackle Will Holden, has struggled in his two most recent starts. The Cardinals have given Holden help in the form of running backs and tight end chips, and as a result the offense would much rather run than pass the football. If the home team gets behind the Seahawks and is forced to pass, these replacement matchups are ripe to be exploited.
OFFENSIVE LINES TO TRUST
Minnesota vs. Chicago - Sunday 1 PM ET
BIT: The Vikings' offensive line has dealt with two injuries this week. Left guard Nick Easton was placed on injured reserve with a broken leg. Later in the week, the team announced that they would rest center Pat Elfein's ailing shoulder for the post season. The projected starting line up for week 17 against Chicago is (from left to right): Riley Reiff - Jeremiah Sirles - Joe Berger - Mike Remmers - Rashod Hill. It's not great from a cohesion perspective but these are all versatile and strong players in their primes. This new look line should respond well at home against Chicago's ailing defensive front.
OFFENSIVE LINE MATCHUPS
|Minnesota||offensive line||9||vs||Chicago||defensive front||30||OL||MIN +21|
|Seattle||offensive line||8||@||Arizona||defensive front||25||OL||SEA +17|
|New Orleans||offensive line||11||@||Tampa Bay||defensive front||27||OL||NO +16|
|Jacksonville||offensive line||5||@||Tennessee||defensive front||20||OL||JAX +15|
|Pittsburgh||offensive line||2||vs||Cleveland||defensive front||17||OL||PIT +15|
|Philadelphia||offensive line||7||vs||Dallas||defensive front||19||OL||PHI +12|
|Miami||offensive line||18||vs||Buffalo||defensive front||29||OL||MIA +11|
|New England||offensive line||15||vs||New York (A)||defensive front||26||OL||NE +11|
|Green Bay||offensive line||23||@||Detroit||defensive front||32||OL||GB +9|
|Atlanta||offensive line||1||vs||Carolina||defensive front||10||OL||ATL +9|
|San Francisco||offensive line||16||@||Los Angeles (N)||defensive front||24||OL||SF +8||LAR Starters (Donald) resting.|
|Carolina||offensive line||4||@||Atlanta||defensive front||9||OL||CAR +5|
|New York (A)||offensive line||27||@||New England||defensive front||31||OL||NYJ +4|
|Denver||offensive line||17||vs||Kansas City||defensive front||21||OL||DEN +4|
|Buffalo||offensive line||13||@||Miami||defensive front||16||OL||BUF +3|
|New York (N)||offensive line||11||vs||Washington||defensive front||13||OL||NYG +2|
|Los Angeles (A)||offensive line||14||vs||Oakland||defensive front||15||OL||LAC +1|
DEFENSIVE FRONT MATCHUPS
|Pittsburgh||defensive front||2||vs||Cleveland||offensive line||24||DEF||PIT +22|
|Seattle||defensive front||6||@||Arizona||offensive line||25||DEF||SEA +19|
|Denver||defensive front||4||vs||Kansas City||offensive line||21||DEF||DEN +17|
|San Francisco||defensive front||14||@||Los Angeles (N)||offensive line||31||DEF||SF +17||(Whitworth) resting|
|Green Bay||defensive front||18||@||Detroit||offensive line||30||DEF||GB +12|
|Minnesota||defensive front||7||vs||Chicago||offensive line||19||DEF||MIN +12|
|Baltimore||defensive front||11||vs||Cincinnati||offensive line||22||DEF||BAL +11|
|Indianapolis||defensive front||22||vs||Houston||offensive line||32||DEF||IND +10|
|New York (N)||defensive front||12||vs||Washington||offensive line||20||DEF||NYG +8|
|Jacksonville||defensive front||1||@||Tennessee||offensive line||6||DEF||JAX +5|
|Los Angeles (A)||defensive front||5||vs||Oakland||offensive line||10||DEF||LAC +5|
|Cincinnati||defensive front||8||@||Baltimore||offensive line||12||DEF||CIN +4|
|New Orleans||defensive front||23||@||Tampa Bay||offensive line||26||DEF||NO +3|
|Houston||defensive front||28||@||Indianapolis||offensive line||28||EVEN||EVEN|
|Philadelphia||defensive front||3||vs||Dallas||offensive line||3||EVEN||EVEN|
FULL DEFENSIVE FRONT RANKINGS
|5||Los Angeles (A)|
|12||New York (N)|
|24||Los Angeles (N)||Donald & other Starters resting.|
|26||New York (A)|
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