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Offensive Line Review & Ratings: AFC Teams
John Tuvey
August 17, 2012
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Baltimore Ravens

Year Sacks Allowed Sacked Rank RB Rush Yards Rush Yards Per Game Per Game Rush Rank Per Carry Average Per Carry Rank
2009 26 6 2,080 130.0 4 5.0 3
2010 40 23 1,685 105.3 10 3.9 25
2011 33 12 1,851 115.7 4 4.5 11

Year Left Tackle Left Guard Center Right Guard Right Tackle
2009 J.Gaither B.Grubbs M.Birk M.Yanda/C.Chester M.Oher (r)
2010 M.Oher B.Grubbs M.Birk M.Yanda J.Gaither
2011 M.Oher B.Grubbs* M.Birk M.Yanda* O.Cousins
2012 B.McKinnie B.Williams M.Birk M.Yanda M.Oher
* Pro Bowler, (r) Rookie

This is a solid unit, so long as Bryant McKinnie gets/stays in shape; that allows Michael Oher to remain on the right side, where the Ravens prefer to run. Veteran Bobbie Williams is an adequate plug-in for Ben Grubbs, who left for New Orleans.This group is getting older, but they can keep the window of opportunity propped open for at least one more season.

FANTASY SPIN
If McKinnie is good to go all the other dominos fall in line: Ray Rice has plenty of room to run, Joe Flacco stays upright, and all is good with the Ravens' fantasy entities. If not... well, it's not necessarily great news for Rice but the drop-off shouldn't seriously ding his fantasy output.

RUN BLOCKING: B+
PASS BLOCKING: B
RETURNING REGULARS: 4
OVERALL GRADE: B+

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Buffalo Bills

Year Sacks Allowed Sacked Rank RB Rush Yards Rush Yards Per Game Per Game Rush Rank Per Carry Average Per Carry Rank
2009 46 28 1,568 98.0 19 4.3 16
2010 34 14 1,399 87.4 24 4.0 18
2011 23 1 1,603 100.2 16 5.1 2

Year Left Tackle Left Guard Center Right Guard Right Tackle
2009 L.Walker A.Levitre (r) G.Hangartner E.Wood (r) B.Butler
2010 D.Bell A.Levitre G.Hangartner E.Wood C.Green
2011 D.Bell A.Levitre E.Wood K.Urbik E.Pears
2012 C.Hairston A.Levitre E.Wood K.Urbik E.Pears
* Pro Bowler; (r) Rookie

The Bills are becoming a feeder program for Eagles left tackles, losing Demetress Bell last offseason after former Bill Jason Peters went down with an Achilles' injury. The middle of the line is underrated and will be even more productive if Eric Wood is all the way back from the knee injury that cut his 2011 short. If Chris Hairston doesn't pan out at left tackle, rookie Cordy Glenn is the backup plan.

FANTASY SPIN
Fred Jackson is more suited for running inside, which is where the Bills' line strength lies--and where they ran 60 percent of the time last year. That gives him a leg up in the battle for touches with C.J. Spiller. Ryan Fitzpatrick owes at least part of his success to a line that keeps his uniform clean; with Bell gone, it's up to Hairston to keep the sacks down and Fitz hooking up with Stevie Johnson.

RUN BLOCKING: B-
PASS BLOCKING:B-
RETURNING REGULARS: 4
OVERALL GRADE: B-

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