Oct 02, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) and guard Todd Herremans (79) running back LeSean McCoy (25) guard Kyle DeVan (68) center Jason Kelce (62) guard Evan Mathis (69) tight end Brent Celek (87) and offensive tackle Jason Peters (71) prepare for the snap during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field. The 49ers defeated the Phillies 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Ranking The NFC East Teams: Offensive Line


Partially because it interests me and partially because I could easily see any of 3 teams (sorry, Washington) winning the NFC East, I’m ranking the NFC East teams, position-by-position, in an effort to help me figure out who I’ll be predicting as the division’s winner when the season opens up on September 5th. I’ll be assigning 1 point for the top spot, 2 for the second spot, 3 for the third spot, and 4 for the 4th spot. The lowest total at the conclusion of the exercise (which will include coaches, coordinators, and schedules) will be my pick for the NFC East champion. Today, it’s the offensive line.

1) Philadelphia Eagles

Even without Pro Bowl LT Jason Peters, the Eagles have the best offensive line unit in the NFC East. LG Evan Mathis and RT Todd Herremans are among the best in the league at their respective positions, while RG Danny Watkins and C Jason Kelce are looking to continue to improve in their sophomore seasons. New LT King Dunlap can be serviceable as a replacement for Peters. The unit was dominant as run blockers last season, though that should be expected to take a step back with the loss of Peters to a torn Achilles tendon. LT Demetress Bell was the expected starter for Peters, but he has struggled this preseason and lost the job to Dunlap.

2) New York Giants

The Giants have a veteran-led group at OL. LG Kevin Booth, C David Baas, RG Chris Snee, and RT David Diehl all have at least 7 years in the NFL. The unit struggled to open up running lanes for Ahmad Bradshaw and co. last season, but they were solid in pass protection. Will Beatty takes over at LT for Kareem McKenzie, and he has struggled mightily thus far in his NFL career. The Giants will be looking for serious improvement out of him in this upcoming season.

3) Washington Redskins

LT Trent Williams is one of the best young tackles in the game, but the rest of the unit (LG Kory Lichtensteiger, C Will Montgomery, RG Chris Chester, and RT Tyler Polumbus) is solid at best.

4) Dallas Cowboys

This offensive front is a mess. LT Tyron Smith had a very good rookie season and is looking to continue to play well and improve this year, but the rest of the offensive line has major question marks. RT Doug Free struggled last season after signing a hefty contract in the offseason, and the line’s interior (LG Nate Livings, C Phil Costa, and RG Mackenzie Bernadeau) has struggled mightily this preseason.

Final Standings:

1) Philadelphia Eagles

2) New York Giants

3) Washington Redskins

4) Dallas Cowboys

Overall Standings by points:

1) Philadelphia Eagles-8 points

2) New York Giants-11 points

3) Dallas Cowboys-14 points

4) Washington Redskins-17 points

 

 

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