Best Offensive Lines in the NFL 2023: Raiders, Dolphins, and Colts Surge Ahead After Week 2

    The best offensive lines in the NFL are the ones without significant flaws. Which units are able to compete alongside the Eagles, Browns, and Falcons?

    Determining which team fielded the best offensive line in the NFL is often a difficult question. High-end talent is important, but given that the offensive line is a weak-link position where even one poor spot can result in disaster, depth is just as critical.

    The offensive line is a position of attrition. Guys are consistently getting nicked up. Minor injuries will not be worried about in these rankings, but players on Injured Reserve or PUP will not be used in the rankings, which could change things.

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    Who Has the Best Offensive Line in the NFL?

    Outstanding at both pass and run blocking, the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line has held the top spot in our rankings since the 2022 preseason. Despite minor turnover, they remain the top dawg.

    • LT Jordan Mailata, LG Landon Dickerson, C Jason Kelce, RG Cam Jurgens, RT Lane Johnson

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    Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots defense seemed to have the Eagles number defending the run on Sunday. However, with so much talent and multiple years of evidence suggesting the Eagles’ OL is the best in the NFL, it’s not yet time to hit any panic buttons.

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    2) Cleveland Browns

    • LT Jedrick Wills Jr., LG Joel Bitonio, C Ethan Pocic, RG Wyatt Teller, RT Dawand Jones

    Losing Jack Conklin for the season in Week 1 hurts the product here. However, the Cleveland Browns offensive line remains a punishing run-blocking unit from left to right. Additionally, they’ve survived fine in pass protection, although their QB makes their lives more difficult.

    3) Detroit Lions

    • LT Taylor Decker, LG Jonah Jackson, C Frank Ragnow, RG Halapoulivaati Vaitai, RT Penei Sewell

    Vaitai might be replaced by Graham Glasgow for a short stretch, but he has avoided an IR designation for now. The Detroit Lions offense has been humming right along so far in 2023.

    4) Dallas Cowboys

    • LT Tyron Smith, LG Chuma Edoga, C Tyler Biadasz, RG Zack Martin, RT Terence Steele

    Despite facing two outrageous New York defensive fronts, the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive line has played splendidly. With Tyron Smith returning to action soon, this unit could be devastating if fully healthy for a good stretch of the season.

    5) Atlanta Falcons

    • LT Jake Matthews, LG Matthew Bergeron, C Drew Dalman, RG Chris Lindstrom, RT Kaleb McGary

    The Atlanta Falcons offensive line has struggled so far through two games. They were already an underwhelming protection group in straight dropbacks, but they’ve been bullied more than expected in the first two weeks.

    6) Las Vegas Raiders

    • LT Kolton Miller, LG Dylan Parham, C Andre James, RG Greg Van Roten, RT Jermaine Eluemunor

    Talent is important for an offensive line, but continuity is an often undervalued part of the process. Having the same man to your left and right is important because a player knows how that blocker gets off the ball, how he moves, and exactly where he’ll be and when he’ll be there.

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    The Las Vegas Raiders don’t have the same talent as teams higher on the list, but they do boast continuity. They also happen to have two impressive offensive tackles. Parham should realistically be better in year two as well.

    In their opener against the Denver Broncos, this unit was rock solid in pass protection. No quarterback was pressured less often than Jimmy Garoppolo against the Broncos. They followed that up with another outstanding effort, this time against the Bills. 

    7) Baltimore Ravens

    • LT Ronnie Stanley, LG John Simpson, C Tyler Linderbaum, RG Kevin Zeitler, RT Morgan Moses

    The Baltimore Ravens’ offensive line survived even with Stanley and Linderbaum on the mend against Cincinnati. But as long as they avoid IR, they’ll stay in the starting lineup for the list’s purposes.

    8) Green Bay Packers

    • LT David Bakhtiari, LG Elgton Jenkins, C Josh Myers, RG Jon Runyan Jr., RT Zach Tom

    Although the Chicago Bears are technically a professional football team, their defensive line never stood a chance against the Green Bay Packers front five. They will face sterner tests over the next few weeks, where we’ll get a better feel for Myers and Tom.

    9) Miami Dolphins

    • LT Terron Armstead, LG Isaiah Wynn, C Connor Williams, RG Robert Hunt, RT Austin Jackson

    The Miami Dolphins could be even higher on this list, considering their performance to date, but the snapping issues from center Connor Williams feel like a disaster waiting to happen.

    10) Indianapolis Colts

    • LT Bernhard Raimann, LG Quenton Nelson, C Ryan Kelly, RG Will Fries, RT Braden Smith

    After a down year in 2022, the Indianapolis Colts offensive line might be back for 2023. Their young and athletic left tackle has been outstanding so far. Likewise, an underwhelming name in Will Fries has stepped up in a big way through two weeks.

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    11) Minnesota Vikings

    • LT Christian Darrisaw, LG Ezra Cleveland, C Garrett Bradbury, RG Ed Ingram, RT Brian O’Neill

    Darrisaw and Bradberry being out for the Eagles Thursday night game may have been the difference between winning and losing. Additionally, Ed Ingram has not yet taken the necessary strides in his development.

    12) Kansas City Chiefs

    • LT Donovan Smith, LG Joe Thuney, C Creed Humphrey, RG Trey Smith, RT Jawaan Taylor

    Jawaan Taylor might have the record for penalties in a season already, and Donovan Smith has had one good day and one bad day at the office as a Chief. But the interior is still tops in the league.

    13) Los Angeles Chargers

    • LT Rashawn Slater, LG Zion Johnson, C Corey Linsley, RG Jamaree Salyer, RT Trey Pipkins

    The Los Angeles Chargers’ offensive line bullied the Dolphins in Week 1, and they battled incredibly hard against arguably the most complete defensive front in the league against the Titans. 

    14) Denver Broncos

    • LT Garett Bolles, LG Ben Powers, C Lloyd Cushenberry, RG Quinn Meinerz, RT Mike McGlinchey

    It’s hard to be upset with the Denver Broncos’ production thus far, considering who is dropping back to pass for them. They battled against a talented Washington defensive front, and it wasn’t really until the fourth quarter that the Commanders’ unit started having some success.

    15) Carolina Panthers

    • LT Ikem Ekwonu, LG Chandler Zavala, C Bradley Bozeman, RG Cade Maye, RT Taylor Moton

    Brady Christensen heads to IR, Zavala flipped to the left side, and Maye stepped in at right guard.

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    Ekwonu has been good since his preseason blunders, but the interior could be a struggle for the foreseeable future.

    16) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    • LT Tristan Wirfs, LG Matt Feiler, C Robert Hainsey, RG Cody Mauch, RT Luke Goedeke

    The hope surrounding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers locally was scoffed at this offseason, but their offensive line, and Baker Mayfield, have put together a few solid performances to start the season.

    17) New England Patriots

    • LT Trent Brown, LG Cole Strange, C David Andrews, RG Michael Onwenu, RT Calvin Anderson

    Vedarian Lowe stepped in admirably for Brown in Week 2. Calvin Anderson hasn’t been great on the other side, but the  New England Patriots are surviving pass-rushing onslaughts through two weeks.

    18) New York Jets

    • LT Duane Brown, LG Laken Tomlinson, C Connor McGovern, RG Alijah Vera-Tucker, RT Mekhi Becton

    Struggling against the Bills and Cowboys is to be expected for most offensive lines. The guards remain stout, but it really might be time for the rookie to step in at center. Additionally, Brown should probably go beachin’ after this season ends.

    19) Cincinnati Bengals

    • LT Orlando Brown Jr., LG Cordell Volson, C Ted Karras, RG Alex Cappa, RT Jonah Williams

    The Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line has been a bit underwhelming relative to expectations so far. Joe Burrow’s calf injury could further exemplify their struggles if he’s unable to be the magician he has become because of the calf. 

    20) Los Angeles Rams

    • LT Alaric Jackson, LG Steve Avila, C Coleman Shelton, RG Joe Noteboom, RT Rob Havenstein

    We (the idiot writing this) may have to apologize to the Los Angeles Rams. If they can keep up their offensive efforts, then all of the experimenting throughout the offseason and all of the musical chairs was the correct choice.

    21) Buffalo Bills

    • LT Dion Dawkins, LG Connor McGovern, C Mitch Morse, RG O’Cyrus Torrence, RT Spencer Brown

    Dawkins is better than he’s given credit for, as is McGovern beside him. But the Buffalo Bills are putting a ton of pressure on their right side, which is very young. Torrence is a rookie, and Brown is a second-year player who still might not be completely ready for the big stage.

    But the offensive line, and Brown particularly, had themselves a good day against what could have been a devastating Raiders pass rush. Maxx Crosby only managed a few pressures and couldn’t get home against Allen.

    22) Pittsburgh Steelers

    • LT Dan Moore Jr., LG Isaac Seumalo, C Mason Cole, RG James Daniels, RT Chukwuma Okorafor

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    At some point, it might be time to give Broderick Jones a baptism of fire. Moore hasn’t had the easiest matchups so far, going against Nick Bosa and Myles Garrett, but it’s not easy seeing a team draft an OT in round one only to play an underperforming one ahead of him.

    23) Houston Texans

    • LT Laremy Tunsil, LG Kendrick Green, C Jarrett Patterson, RG Shaq Mason, RT George Mason

    The Houston Texans did their best to surround C.J. Stroud with a competent OL, but the injury gods decided to smite them. Through two weeks, three of their offensive linemen have found themselves on IR. Josh Jones moved from left guard to left tackle in Week 2 to fill in for Tunsil, who has avoided IR but could not play.

    24) Jacksonville Jaguars

    • LT Walker Little, LG Ben Bartch, C Luke Fortner, RG Brandon Scherff, RT Anton Harrison

    This unit has been really bad so far. Anton Harrison was always going to be a developmental piece and may only be playing until Cam Robinson’s suspension is lifted. But the rest of the unit, particularly on the interior, has been worse than their already muted expectations.

    25) Arizona Cardinals

    • LT D.J. Humphries, LG Elijah Wilkinson, C Hjalte Froholdt, RG Will Hernandez, RT Paris Johnson Jr.

    The more things change, the more things stay the same. That’s not a universal truth, but it might be when it comes to the Arizona Cardinals’ offensive line. Playing Paris Johnson Jr. at tackle instead of guard is absolutely the correct decision. There is no reason to stunt his development on the outside in a lost season trying to field the best five.

    26) San Francisco 49ers

    • LT Trent Williams, LG Aaron Banks, C Jake Brendel, RG Spencer Burford, RT Colton McKivitz

    Christian McCaffrey has won the FedEx Ground Player of the Week in each of the first two weeks, but this pass-protecting unit has been a problem.

    27) New Orleans Saints

    • LT Trevor Penning, LG James Hurst, C Erik McCoy, RG Cesar Ruiz, RT Ryan Ramczyk

    Penning has been a saloon door in an old Western. Outlaws are blasting through them with ease and sacking the place. No matter where Derek Carr goes, bad offensive line play seems to follow him.

    This begs the question…

    28) Washington Commanders

    • LT Charles Leno Jr., LG Saahdiq Charles, C Nick Gates, RG Sam Cosmi, RT Andrew Wylie

    The Washington Commanders’ offensive line performance in 2021 probably surprised their mothers. An offensive line lacking any high-end talent played incredibly well. But they came back down to earth a season ago and likely drop from there in 2023.

    The Commanders’ offensive line has outperformed expectations so far, but the Cardinals and Broncos don’t necessarily field a murderer’s row of pass-rushing talent. The Bills and Eagles will provide a better barometer of their abilities.

    29) New York Giants

    • LT Andrew Thomas, LG Ben Bredeson, C John Michael Schmitz, RG Mark Glowinski, RT Evan Neal

    It appears as though Neal did not necessarily improve from year one to year two. Additionally, center Schmitz struggled to snap the ball and block for Daniel Jones in his rookie debut on Sunday night. Meanwhile, Glowinski is just… there.

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    30) Seattle Seahawks

    • LT Charles Cross, LG Damien Lewis, C Evan Brown, RG Phil Haynes, RT Jake Curhan

    Kudos are in order for the backup offensive tackles taking the field for the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2. Stone Forsythe was great on the left side against a solid Detroit Lions rush, and Curhan survived the Aidan Hutchinson attack.

    31) Tennessee Titans

    • LT Andre Dillard, LG Peter Skoronski, C Aaron Brewer, RG Daniel Brunskill, RT Chris Hubbard

    The Tennessee Titans offensive line has played better than anticipated so far through two weeks of play. Continuing the theme of pounding opposing defenses into submission and tossing passes over linebackers’ heads off of play action will be the key to their ascension on this list. 

    32) Chicago Bears

    • LT Larry Borom, LG Cody Whitehair, C Lucas Patrick, RG Nate Davis, RT Darnell Wright

    Just cancel the season. An already bad offensive line lost their two best players to IR. It must be so excruciatingly exhausting to be a Chicago Bears fan.

    Dalton Miller is Pro Football Network’s Lead NFL Analyst. You can read all of Dalton’s work here and follow him on Twitter: @daltonbmiller.

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