Pro Football Focus just came out with its NFL offensive line ratings. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that the Eagles’ line didn’t make its top five. But it’s not in the bottom five either.
The website has the Eagles ranked 20th, behind the Giants (14th) and Redskins (15th), but ahead of the Cowboys (24th).
The Eagles are ranked 28th in pass-blocking, a surpringly-high fourth in run-blocking and 25th in penalties, per PFF.
"There’s no doubt about it, the loss of Jason Peters hit this team hard," PFF said in its analysis. "While (right tackle) Todd Herremans and (left guard) Evan Mathis continue to play well, the poor form of (right guard) Danny Watkins, coupled with injuries, has seen a major dropoff from 2011."
The Eagles currently are 22nd in the league in sacks allowed per pass play. They are 10th in rushing yards per game (122.0), though more than a quarter of those yards belong to quarterback Mike Vick. The Eagles are 14th in the league in yards per attempt (4.1).
As for penalties, the Eagles’ offensive line has been flagged 16 times this season – 11 times for holding and 5 times for false starts. Three of those 16 penalties were declined. Demetress Bell, who has been replaced at left tackle by King Dunlap for the second time since the start of training camp, has a line-high five penalties, including two holds and three false starts. Three of his penalties stalled drives.
Mathis is second with four penalties – two holds and two false starts. Three of his four penalties stalled drives.
For what it’s worth, the Bears, whose line is ranked lower (22nd) than the Eagles, are 5-1. The Chiefs, meanwhile, whose line was ranked the second best in the league by PFF, is 1-5.
A rundown of PFF’s offensive line rankings, starting from the bottom up:
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