NFL Offensive Line Rankings -- Midseason
During the offseason, FTN ranked the starting offensive line groups in the NFL heading into the 2023 season. Now that we have six weeks of data, we can revisit those rankings based on actionable data and game film.
Below you will find a midseason ranking update for all 32 offensive lines a third of the way through the NFL season.
2023 NFL Offensive Line Rankings Through Week 6
Below is every team ranked 1-32 by how their offensive line has shaped up through six weeks of the NFL season.
1. Minnesota Vikings (Preseason Rank: 12)
The Minnesota Vikings are the top-ranked offensive line through six weeks of the regular season, led by dominant starts by Christian Darrisaw (86.2 PFF grade), Brian O'Neill (81.6) and Garrett Bradbury (80.7). The five starters combined to allow just seven sacks through the first six games, although the team allowed 49 pressures. This unit needs better play from right guard Ed Ingram (four pressures and 20 sacks surrendered) but recently acquired Dalton Risner as a depth player and could utilize him if Ingram doesn’t turn it around.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Vikings have the fifth-worst pressure rate (34.1%) in 2023.
2. Indianapolis Colts (Preseason Rank: 18)
The Colts’ offensive line has returned to form to start the 2023 season, even with an array of injuries to their starting five. Only guards Quenton Nelson and Will Fries have played in all six games this season for Indianapolis, which has forced the Colts to play seven different offensive linemen. That group has combined to allow just four sacks and 60 pressures. The unit is driven by Ryan Kelly’s return to dominance (86.4 PFF grade)
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Colts have the fourth-worst time in the pocket in 2022 (2.38).
3. Detroit Lions (Preseason Rank: 2)
A case could be made for the Lions as the top offensive line to start the 2023 season. However, an injury to starting right guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai in Week 1 and the lingering injury to left guard Jonah Jackson will put stress on the interior of this offensive line. Graham Glasgow (81.9 PFF grade) has filled in admirably for Vaitai on the right side, but this team is lacking much depth behind him. Detroit’s five starters have allowed just three sacks and 39 pressures this season.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Lions have the fourth-lowest pressure rate in 2023 (21.0%).
4. Philadelphia Eagles (Preseason Rank: 1)
The Eagles' offensive line has been extremely good this season but far from the dominant unit that we expected after last season. The starting group to open the season has allowed just two sacks and 43 pressures, but unfortunately, the team hasn’t been able to stay healthy. The Eagles lost right guard Cam Jurgens to a foot injury that landed him on the IR in Week 4. Additionally, Lane Johnson suffered an ankle sprain in Week 7 that could limit him but isn’t expected to cost him significant time. The Eagles will need backup right guard Sua Opeta to play better than he has (eight pressures in 131 pass snaps) to climb back into the top three of this list.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Eagles have been blitzed the third most in the NFL this season (67).
5. Atlanta Falcons (Preseason Rank: 3)
The Falcons' offensive line has stayed healthy to start the season, so their questionable depth has yet to be tested. However, the team needs rookie left guard Matthew Bergeron to improve his play to start the season. Bergeron has just a 51.5 PFF grade through six games and has allowed one sack and 12 pressures to start the season. Outside of Bergeron, this offensive line has been very good, especially in the run game. The Falcons' other four starters all have PFF grades above 68.0 and run-blocking grades above 65.0. The growth of Bergeron remains key to this unit ascending back into the top three.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Falcons have the ninth-best pressure rate (22.3%) in 2023.
6. Dallas Cowboys (Preseason Rank: 8)
The Cowboys have been relatively healthy across the offensive line, which has allowed them to climb two spots. Injuries over the last two seasons have impacted veteran left tackle Tyron Smith, but he is still playing at an above-average level through his four healthy games (76.5 PFF grade). The story of this offensive line comes from the interior, though. Zack Martin deservedly got paid before the season and is once again putting together a solid season. However, second-year guard Tyler Smith has emerged as one of the best guards in the NFL to start the season, ranking as PFF’s second-rated guard (84.2) in the NFL. The team needs better play from right tackle Terence Steele (two sacks and 15 pressures on 234 pass-blocking snaps) to climb into the top three units.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Cowboys have allowed the 10th fewest sacks in the NFL in 2023 (10).
7. Denver Broncos (Preseason Rank: 10)
The Broncos' offensive line has looked solid to begin the season, although the struggles of free-agent tackle acquisition Mike McGlinchey have been somewhat concerning. McGlinchey is responsible for five of the team’s seven sacks on the season and 23 of the team’s 63 pressures. He’s been an asset as a run blocker (69.6 PFF grade), but the team paid him a lot of money to be better than he’s been. Right guard Quinn Meinerz has taken a developmental step this season, ranking as PFF’s eighth-best guard through six weeks (76.7).
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Broncos are providing the fourth-most time in the pocket in 2023 (2.79 seconds).
8. Baltimore Ravens (Preseason Rank: 5)
Baltimore has been able to navigate injury issues well to begin the 2023 season thanks to prioritizing depth across their offensive line. Seven different linemen have played at least 150 snaps for Baltimore to begin the season. Only one of those players (left guard John Simpson) has a PFF grade below 61.0 to begin the year. Tyler Linderbaum has emerged as a top-10 center in the NFL this season, allowing just five pressures on 146 pass attempts this year.
FTN Data Stat to Know: Baltimore has allowed the eighth fewest pressures in 2023 (48)
9. Buffalo Bills (Preseason Rank: 24)
The Bills offensive line has been strong to begin the season, allowing just two sacks on 244 pass attempts to begin the year. However, there are still areas of growth for the unit. The Bills' offensive line has been credited with 54 pressures to begin the year and have been just adequate as run blockers. This is a unit of solid players who are performing at or slightly above their ability, but they need to firm up and keep the pocket clean for Buffalo to make a long playoff run. Rookie right guard O'Cyrus Torrence has performed admirably in his first season, putting together a 60.1 PFF grade.
FTN Data Stat to Know: Buffalo has the third-best pressure rate in the NFL in 2023 (20.6%).
10. Miami Dolphins (Preseason Rank: 15)
Miami has been forced to navigate two significant injuries to their offensive line to begin the year, with left tackle Terron Armstead and center Connor Williams forced to miss significant periods. However, it hasn’t seemed to impact the offense much. Kendall Lamm has done an excellent job replacing Armstead (10 pressures on 180 pass-blocking snaps) and Williams shouldn’t be out much longer. When healthy, this may be a top-five unit in the NFL, we just can’t assume that Armstead’s body can hold up for the stretch run based on what we have seen this season.
FTN Data Stat to Know: Miami has allowed the lowest pressure rate in the NFL in 2023 (18.0%).
11. Las Vegas Raiders (Preseason Rank: 29)
The Raiders have been one of the most surprising offensive lines to start the 2023 season. Four of the five starting offensive linemen have PFF pass-blocking grades above 68.0, run-blocking grades above 63.0, and overall grades above 66.0. The only weak link to start the season has been right tackle Jermaine Eluemunor, who is the only player with more than three sacks allowed (5) and more than 10 double-digit pressures (11). The team has been rotating Thayer Munford in more and could decide to make the full-time switch soon. This is a very solid unit that is exceeding all expectations to start the year despite the underwhelming results on the field for Las Vegas.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Raiders have allowed the ninth-fewest QB hits in 2023 (12).
12. Houston Texans (Preseason Rank: 23)
Few teams have been hit by the injury bug as badly as the Houston Texans. The season started with starting right tackle Tytus Howard landing on the IR with a hand injury. Then the team lost projected starting guard Kenyon Green for the season. The team has also been forced to play without left tackle Laremy Tunsil, starting center Juice Scruggs, and backup left guard Kendrick Green for portions of the season. But they keep producing. The Texans are starting to get healthy and have allowed just four sacks and 46 pressures among their core offensive line. It will be interesting to see if the return of Green or Scruggs allows the team to move Howard back to his primary position (right tackle) or if the team rolls with what is working.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Texans are providing the seventh-most time in the pocket in 2023 (2.72 seconds).
13. Los Angeles Chargers (Preseason Rank: 6)
The Chargers' offensive line can be summarized as one stud (Rashawn Slater), a solid starter (Zion Johnson) and then several underwhelming pieces. Jamaree Salyer has been slow to acclimate to his new position of right guard (two sacks and eight pressures) and Trey Pipkins has continued to be just an average right tackle starter (three sacks and 13 pressures) this season. The loss of Corey Linsley cannot be understated as backup center Will Clapp has the lowest pass-blocking grade (50.8) and overall grade (51.4) of any Chargers lineman this season.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Chargers offensive line has faced the second-most blitzes in 2023 (69).
14. Cleveland Browns (Preseason Rank: 4)
The Browns were forced to adjust along the offensive line just 22 plays into the regular season when right tackle Jack Conklin went down with a torn ACL. The team has gotten solid play from rookie right tackle Dawand Jones (one sack and nine pressures in 195 pass-blocking snaps) to lessen the blow. Unfortunately, left tackle Jedrick Wills has struggled (two sacks and 21 pressures) on his way to a 50.3 PFF grade. Right guard Wyatt Teller and center Ethan Pocic are the only two players playing consistently well this season, which is part of the reason the Browns have struggled offensively this season.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Browns have allowed the seventh-highest pressure rate in 2023 (31.9%).
15. Los Angeles Rams (Preseason Rank: 32)
The Rams' offensive line came into 2023 as a relative unknown with many players set to see their first significant game action. Through six weeks, the group has performed well together. The Rams are allowing a significant number of pressures (five of six linemen with at least 190 snaps have given up at least 12 pressures), but have allowed just seven sacks on the year. The preseason trade for Kevin Dotson has looked like a massive hit with the veteran guard ranking as PFF’s top overall guard (85.3 grade) in three games this season. The team will need him to get healthy to hopefully solidify the unit around him for the latter half of the season.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Rams have allowed the third-most pressures in the NFL this season (80).
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Preseason Rank: 28)
Consider this paragraph a Tristan Wirfs appreciation blurb. Wirfs flipped from right tackle to left tackle this offseason and hasn’t missed a beat, allowing just three pressures on 192 pass-blocking snaps this season. Wirfs is currently ranked as PFF’s fourth tackle (82.1) and has the best pass-blocking grade of any tackle in the NFL this season (89.9). The Buccaneers also have seen fantastic growth from Luke Goedeke at right tackle after a brutal first season playing guard. Goedeke has allowed just one sack and eight pressures this season. The interior of the offensive line could use some work, but the bookends at tackle are providing stellar play for the Buccaneers to start the season.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Buccaneers have allowed the fewest sacks in 2023 (4).
17. Seattle Seahawks (Preseason Rank: 13)
Seattle was hoping their second-year tackles would be able to support their interior offensive line. Unfortunately, both Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas were lost early in the season, forcing the team to navigate the early schedule on their own. Cross returned to the starting lineup in Week 6 and played well, but time will tell when Lucas will be ready to return from a bothersome knee injury. He is sorely missed, as backup right tackle Jake Curhan has struggled in pass protection, single-handedly surrendering three of the team’s nine sacks and 26 of the team’s 71 pressures. Rookie guard Anthony Bradford has performed well in a limited role to start the season, will PFF run blocking, pass blocking and overall grades above 63.0.
FTN Data Stat to Know: Seattle has allowed the fourth-fewest sacks in 2023 (7).
18. Tennessee Titans (Preseason Rank: 30)
Outside of Andre Dillard, the Titans' offensive line has exceeded all expectations. Four of the Titans' five starters have a PFF grade above 67.0 to begin the year, led by Chris Hubbard, a journeyman right tackle who hasn’t played significant snaps since 2019. The story of this unit is Dillard’s struggles. The veteran left tackle has allowed seven sacks and 26 pressures in 195 pass-blocking snaps. The Titans experimented with Nicholas Petit-Frere at left tackle in Week 6’s loss to the Ravens, but he fared worse, allowing two sacks and four pressures on just 22 pass-blocking plays. This would be a very good unit if they can figure out the left tackle position internally.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Titans have faced the seventh-fewest blitzes in 2023 (40).
19. Washington Commanders (Preseason Rank: 31)
Much has been written about the record-setting sack totals that Sam Howell is taking at quarterback. However, a good deal of that doesn’t fall on the offensive line. Just 12 of the team’s sacks have been credited to the offensive linemen on PFF. Right guard Sam Cosmi (70.5 PFF grade) and left tackle Charles Leno (74.2) have started the season off strong, but the rest of the line has been average. This unit is still outperforming early expectations given how many veteran pieces they jettisoned before the season.
FTN Data Stat to Know: Washington has allowed the ninth-highest pressure rate in 2023 (31.3%).
20. Green Bay Packers (Preseason Rank: 7)
Left tackle David Bakhtiari looked great in his return to the Packers offensive line. Unfortunately, he lasted just 55 plays before being shut down again due to a season-ending surgery. The rest of the Packers have been unexceptional in his wake. The team has seemingly discovered a gem in right tackle Zach Tom, who has allowed zero sacks and 12 pressures on 194 pass-blocking snaps. Tom is currently PFF’s 19th-rated offensive tackle on the season (75.6 overall grade). The rest of this unit is just average, with no other player registering a PFF grade above 62.0 on the season.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Packers are tied for the lowest pressure rate in 2023 (18.0%).
21. San Francisco 49ers (Preseason Rank: 11)
Trent Williams has been Trent Williams to start the season, ranking as PFF’s fifth-best tackle to begin the season (81.9 grade). Williams has allowed just eight pressures on 196 pass-blocking plays to start the season, but his status is questionable given an ankle injury suffered in Week 6’s loss to the Browns. Unfortunately, the rest of the line around him has been pretty bad to start the season. The right side of the line (Spencer Burford and Colton McKivitz) have combined to allow five sacks and 27 pressures in 199 pass-blocking snaps. The 49ers gambled on letting Daniel Brunskill and Mike McGlinchey walk in free agency, but nobody has stepped up to replace them so far.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The 49ers have allowed the sixth-fewest sacks in 2023 (8).
22. Kansas City Chiefs (Preseason Rank: 9)
The Chiefs gambled this offseason, letting both tackles walk in free agency and hoping veterans Donovan Smith and Jawaan Taylor could replace them. That has looked like a bad decision through six weeks of the season. Both Smith (84) and Taylor (105) rank outside PFF’s top-80 tackles to start the season with the duo combining to allow 36 of the team’s 73 pressures. Trey Smith hasn’t rebounded to become the force he was during his rookie season, but he is still a solid contributor. The interior duo of Joe Thuney (76.1 PFF grade) and Creed Humphrey (70.5) continue to keep this line afloat (along with Patrick Mahomes’ ability to avoid sacks).
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Chiefs have the NFL’s 13th-worst pressure rate (27.1%) but second-fewest sacks (6) in 2023.
23. New Orleans Saints (Preseason Rank: 21)
The Saints were hoping second-year left tackle Trevor Penning would take a step after missing a significant portion of his rookie season (and making the jump from FCS football to the NFL). So far, that hasn’t happened. Penning has allowed four sacks and 19 pressures in 243 pass attempts this season and was benched in Week 6 for James Hurst (an injury to Hurst pushed him back into the starting lineup). Penning isn’t the only problem for the Saints though. The starting offensive line (including Hurst) has allowed 14 sacks and 62 pressures to start the season. The only bright spot of the season has been the play of center Erik McCoy, who is currently rated as PFF’s No. 4 center (79.5 grade).
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Saints have allowed the fifth-most sacks in 2023 (17).
24. New York Jets (Preseason Rank: 22)
The Jets' offensive line configurations have been interesting this season. The team lost Duane Brown to the IR after two games, which forced the team to move Mekhi Becton from right tackle to left tackle and Alijah Vera-Tucker from right guard to right tackle. Then, the team lost Vera-Tucker for the season, leading to developmental right tackle Max Mitchell being thrust back into the starting lineup. Meanwhile, rookie second-round pick Joe Tippmann (who played well at right guard) also suffered an injury that will keep him out for a while. The only players who have played in all six games (left guard Laken Tomlinson, center Connor McGovern and Becton) have combined to allow eight sacks and 49 pressures on the season. All things considered, the Jets line has been fine, but this unit will struggle to crack the top 20 with so many players being forced into uncomfortable positions.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Jets have allowed the 10th-worst pressure rate in 2023 (29.3%).
25. Cincinnati Bengals (Preseason Rank: 14)
The Bengals solidified their tackle position by signing Orlando Brown during the offseason and kicking Jonah Williams over to right tackle. The duo has combined to allow three sacks on the season, but they have allowed 26 of the team’s 60 pressures. The greater issue has been on the interior of the offensive line. Both Ted Karras and Cordell Volson have struggled in 2023, allowing eight sacks and 24 pressures. Some of this can be blamed on Joe Burrow’s lack of mobility thanks to a calf injury, but it is a concerning trend for a team with Super Bowl aspirations that has invested so much into their offensive line group.
FTN Stat to Know: The Bengals have allowed the fifth-lowest pressure rate in 2023 (21.3%).
26. Jacksonville Jaguars (Preseason Rank: 27)
The impact of Cam Robinson’s suspension to begin the season wasn’t truly felt thanks to strong play by Walker Little (one sack and five pressures on 179 pass-blocking snaps). The team intended to move Little into the left guard position, but he got hurt after just 11 snaps in Week 5. Still, this unit could see a rise assuming that Robinson can knock off the rust and Little can solidify the interior line with Brandon Scherff (66.0 PFF grade). Rookie first-round pick Anton Harrison has had his growing pains at right tackle (four sacks and nine pressures in 245 pass-blocking snaps) but has been solid enough to justify keeping him in there for the season. This is a solid line but could be quite good if Robinson regains his form from last season.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Jaguars have faced the 10th-fewest blitzes in 2023 (42).
27. Carolina Panthers (Preseason Rank: 17)
The Panthers' young offensive line just hasn’t taken a step to start the season. Austin Corbett is still out after suffering a season-ending injury in 2022, leaving this as a very average group of offensive linemen. Seven different offensive linemen have played at least 77 snaps this season and combined to allow 95 pressures. Rooke left guard Chandler Zavala was especially brutal before suffering a neck injury, allowing 28 pressures on 207 pass-blocking snaps. The return of Corbett will help immensely, but at this point of the season, this looks like a very average collection of talent despite the draft capital used on Ekwonu and right tackle Taylor Moton over the years.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Panthers have been blitzed the seventh most in 2023 (58).
28. Chicago Bears (Preseason Rank: 16)
Injuries and ineffectiveness have stifled the Bears growth along the offensive line. Only three players (right tackle Darnell Wright and interior linemen Cody Whitehair and Lucas Patrick) have played more than five games this season. Of that group, only Wright has a PFF grade above 47.0. Bears fans came into the season optimistic that additions like Wright and Nate Davis would join left tackle Braxton Jones and guard Teven Jenkins to form a strong unit, but this group just hasn’t been on the field enough. That, combined with Justin Fields’ well-documented issues as a passer, has led to a very underwhelming offense and what seems to be another bottom-five pick.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Bears have allowed the third-worst pressure rate in 2023 (40.7%).
29. Arizona Cardinals (Preseason Rank: 26)
The Cardinals offensive line added a premier tackle in the 2023 draft in Paris Johnson. Unfortunately, Johnson has performed to the same average level of the offensive line instead of standing out. The Cardinals' five starters have allowed eight sacks and 66 pressures through six games. Starting left guard Elijah Wilkinson has been especially bad in recent weeks, leading the team in sacks (3) and pressures (18) while logging just a 33.5 PFF grade. The team could look to pivot to veteran backup Trystan Colon soon considering he has given up just three pressures on 44 pass plays. This unit requires a talent infusion during the offseason to be more than an okay group.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Cardinals have allowed the eighth-most QB hits on the season (55).
30. Pittsburgh Steelers (Preseason Rank: 20)
The Steelers made an interesting choice throughout the first five weeks of the season, sticking with Dan Moore until an injury forced first-round pick Broderick Jones into left tackle before the bye week. It will be hard to believe Moore (one sack and 20 pressures in 122 pass-blocking snaps) will retain the job after Jones put together a solid game in Week 5. Unfortunately, this group has not been very good outside of free agent acquisition Isaac Seumalo (63.8 PFF grade) this season. The Steelers' offensive line rotation has allowed just four sacks this season but has allowed 69 pressures on Kenny Pickett. The group has been especially bad in the run game, with only Broderick Jones putting together a PFF run-blocking grade above 63.0. The team will hope that a pivot to Jones and the return of right guard James Daniels can stabilize this unit in a highly competitive AFC North.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Steelers have allowed the fourth-worst pressure rate in 2023 (40.4%).
31. New England Patriots (Preseason Rank: 19)
Injuries have devastated the Patriots' offensive line, leading them to perform like one of the worst units in the NFL to start the 2023 season. Lingering issues have forced left guard Cole Strange (118 snaps) and right guard Michael Onwenu (194 snaps) to flip in and out of the lineup. That has forced developmental prospects Atonio Mafi (30.0 PFF grade) and Sidy Sow (36.7 PFF grade) to play far more than the team hoped. The team also got only 45 snaps from right tackle Riley Reiff before he was injured, forcing Vederian Lowe (41.9 PFF grade) to play a big role after an offseason trade with the Vikings. The Patriots have allowed 13 sacks and a whopping 89 pressures this season between all of their different offensive linemen. It is hard for any offensive line to survive that much variance, especially when the offensive line is just average at best when healthy.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Patriots have the seventh-shortest time in the pocket in 2023 (2.42 seconds).
32. New York Giants (Preseason Rank: 15)
Nobody will be surprised to see the Giants at the bottom of this list. A hamstring injury has limited left tackle Andrew Thomas to just 53 snaps this season. Highly touted center John Michael Schmitz has played just 199 snaps and looked overwhelmed to start his rookie season. Right tackle Evan Neal has been made Twitter famous by his lack of mobility (again) in 2023. No sentence sums it up better than this: Justin Pugh was signed off the street to play in Week 6 at left guard, was moved to left tackle after nine plays, and still ranks third on the offensive line in PFF grade (51.9) on the season. The Giants have been forced to play 11 different offensive linemen this season and that group has combined to allow 109 pressures and 18 sacks. Yikes.
FTN Data Stat to Know: The Giants have the second-worst pressure rate in the NFL this season (40.9%).