Titans continue to struggle running the ball
Week 12 Recap: The Titans' offensive line didn't play as badly as the score indicated in the loss to the Jets. The running game, which has been held in check for three straight weeks, gained just 45 yards on 11 carries (4.1 yards per attempt). Although the offense was efficient in running the ball, the Jets had the ball for over 40 minutes, which limited the carries in the running game. Pass protection was excellent, once again, as the line allowed just one sack in 39 pass attempts.
Falcons take it to the Panthers
Week 12 Recap: The Falcons' offensive line had another great performance, against a very good Panthers defense, in a home win. The running game led the way once again, as the offense ran for 133 yards on 33 carries (4.0 yards per attempt), including four rushing scores from running back Michael Turner. Pass protection was nearly flawless, as the unit allowed just one sack in 27 pass attempts.
Up Next: at San Diego. The Chargers continue to rank last in pass defense (265.5 yards per game), but they have a decent pass rush (23 sacks). If Atlanta's offensive line can provide ample pass protection, Matt Ryan and company should post excellent numbers, as the running game has underperformed on the road this season.
Browns excel up front in another loss
Week 12 Recap: Although the Browns are just 4-7, the offensive line continues to play at a very high level, and Week 12 was no different. The offense had an efficient day running the ball, gaining 95 yards on 21 carries (4.8 yards per attempt). Pass protection was flawless, as the unit did not allow a sack in 32 pass attempts, which is even more impressive considering the line had to adjust to a mid-game quarterback change.
Raiders save best for Broncos
Week 12 Recap: Oakland's offensive line played one of its best games in a divisional clash on the road. The running game was on track, as the offense ran for 158 yards on 41 carries (3.9 yard per attempt). Pass protection, an area the line has been struggling with of late, was good, as the unit did not surrender a sack, but the Raiders threw the ball just 11 times.
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Up Next: vs. Kansas City. The Chiefs can't stop the run, allowing 165.9 yards per game, and the Raiders' offense is centered around the ground game, offering a very favorable matchup in Week 13. Look for great numbers on the ground, with a continued timeshare between Justin Fargas and Darren McFadden.
Ravens' line deceptive in blowout win over the Eagles
Week 12 Recap: Based on the score, you would never assume that the Ravens' line played as poorly as it did in the win over the Eagles. Although the offense gained 110 yards on the ground, it took 40 carries (2.8 yards per attempt) to get there, and the running back situation continues to be unstable. Pass protection was poor against the Eagles' blitzing defense, as the unit allowed three sacks in 26 pass attempts. Overall, the win was based on the superb play of Baltimore's defense.
Up Next: at Cincinnati. The Bengals struggle against the run (130.2 yards per game) and the defense has the second fewest sacks (11) in the league this season. On paper, this is an excellent matchup for the Ravens' offensive line, which gets even stronger, taking into account it is a home game for Baltimore.