2019 NFL OFFENSIVE LINE RATINGS

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 3/29/2020

Teams are ranked according to Adjusted Line Yards. Based on regression analysis, the Adjusted Line Yards formula takes all running back carries and assigns responsibility to the offensive line based on the following percentages:

  • Losses: 120% value
  • 0-4 Yards: 100% value
  • 5-10 Yards: 50% value
  • 11+ Yards: 0% value

These numbers are then adjusted based on down, distance, situation, opponent, and the difference in rushing average between shotgun compared to standard formations. Finally, we normalize the numbers so that the league average for Adjusted Line Yards per carry is the same as the league average for RB yards per carry. These stats are explained further here.

The following stats are not adjusted for opponent:

  • RB Yards: Yards per carry by that team's running backs, according to standard NFL numbers.
  • Power Success: Percentage of runs on third or fourth down, two yards or less to go, that achieved a first down or touchdown. Also includes runs on first-and-goal or second-and-goal from the two-yard line or closer. This is the only statistic on this page that includes quarterbacks.
  • Stuffed: Percentage of runs where the running back is tackled at or behind the line of scrimmage. Since being stuffed is bad, teams are ranked from stuffed least often (#1) to most often (#32).
  • Second Level Yards: Yards which this team's running backs earn between 5-10 yards past the line of scrimmage, divided by total running back carries.
  • Open Field Yards: Yards which this team's running backs earn more than 10 yards past the line of scrimmage, divided by total running back carries.

NFL averages for each stat given in red.

Why are these rankings different from the team offense DVOA ratings for rushing? Among other reasons, they don't include quarterbacks or fumbles, long runs are truncated, and a different set of adjustments is used, attempting to isolate line play rather than total team offense.

A team with a high ranking in Adjusted Line Yards but a low ranking in Open Field Yards is heavily dependent on its offensive line to make the running game work. A team with a low ranking in Adjusted Line Yards but a high ranking in Open Field Yards is heavily dependent on its running back breaking long runs to make the running game work.

However, it is important to understand that these ratings only somewhat separate the offensive line from the running backs. A team with a very good running back will appear higher no matter how bad their line, and a team with a great line with appear lower if the running back is terrible.

Stats in blue represent pass blocking. Teams are ranked according to Adjusted Sack Rate, which gives sacks (plus intentional grounding penalties) per pass attempt adjusted for down, distance, and opponent. Pass blocking stats are explained further here. Our sack totals may differ slightly from official NFL totals depending on the league's retroactive statistical adjustments.

RUN BLOCKING PASS PROTECTION
Rank Team Adj. Line
Yards
RB
Yards
Power
Success
Power
Rank
Stuffed Stuffed
Rank
2nd Level
Yards
2nd Level
Rank
Open Field
Yards
Open Field
Rank
Team Rank Sacks Adjusted
Sack Rate
1 NO 4.92 4.56 67% 13 16% 4 1.27 11 0.80 15 LAR 1 22 3.7%
2 DAL 4.91 4.68 76% 2 13% 1 1.42 1 0.72 18 DAL 2 23 4.3%
3 BAL 4.73 4.97 61% 23 13% 2 1.37 2 0.95 11 NO 3 25 4.7%
4 TEN 4.65 4.83 73% 5 18% 15 1.36 3 1.05 5 KC 4 25 4.9%
5 GB 4.63 4.47 54% 27 17% 6 1.28 9 0.69 20 NE 5 28 5.3%
6 OAK 4.63 4.26 58% 24 17% 7 1.14 21 0.67 22 OAK 6 29 5.9%
7 MIN 4.60 4.67 68% 11 16% 5 1.24 13 1.04 6 IND 7 32 6.0%
8 SF 4.53 4.80 67% 13 20% 20 1.32 7 1.16 3 BAL 8 28 6.0%
9 NE 4.49 3.90 65% 17 21% 24 1.19 16 0.49 28 LAC 9 34 6.2%
10 CLE 4.46 4.85 53% 29 18% 14 1.34 5 1.17 2 GB 10 36 6.4%
11 DEN 4.45 4.24 69% 8 15% 3 1.17 17 0.61 23 PHI 11 37 6.4%
12 IND 4.41 4.58 69% 7 20% 22 1.35 4 0.97 10 PIT 12 32 6.6%
13 LAC 4.37 4.13 68% 12 20% 21 1.16 19 0.68 21 ATL 13 50 6.6%
14 PHI 4.34 4.36 76% 3 18% 13 1.17 18 0.78 16 MIN 14 28 6.7%
15 BUF 4.32 4.26 58% 24 22% 28 1.27 10 0.78 17 SF 15 36 6.9%
16 SEA 4.32 4.61 68% 10 18% 9 1.33 6 0.93 13 JAX 16 41 7.0%
17 CAR 4.30 4.84 43% 32 18% 10 1.20 15 1.26 1 NYG 17 43 7.1%
18 WAS 4.28 4.36 61% 22 19% 17 1.14 20 0.89 14 CLE 18 41 7.2%
19 LAR 4.27 3.80 65% 18 21% 26 1.23 14 0.44 29 DET 19 43 7.2%
20 DET 4.21 3.94 64% 19 18% 12 1.12 22 0.54 25 CIN 20 48 7.3%
21 HOU 4.13 4.52 81% 1 18% 11 1.26 12 0.93 12 CHI 21 45 7.3%
22 ARI 4.12 4.61 74% 4 18% 8 1.30 8 0.97 9 TB 22 47 7.6%
23 TB 4.00 3.59 53% 30 23% 30 0.94 28 0.55 24 BUF 23 40 7.8%
24 ATL 3.98 3.73 65% 16 21% 27 1.08 25 0.52 27 SEA 24 48 7.9%
25 NYG 3.96 4.25 58% 26 20% 19 1.10 24 0.99 8 DEN 25 41 8.1%
26 CIN 3.90 3.95 67% 13 22% 29 1.10 23 0.70 19 ARI 26 50 8.4%
27 JAX 3.88 4.17 63% 20 20% 23 1.02 27 1.09 4 HOU 27 49 8.4%
28 KC 3.88 4.15 63% 21 19% 18 0.92 29 1.02 7 MIA 28 58 8.6%
29 CHI 3.86 3.56 50% 31 18% 16 0.89 31 0.39 30 CAR 29 58 8.6%
30 PIT 3.84 3.74 54% 27 23% 31 1.05 26 0.52 26 NYJ 30 52 9.2%
31 NYJ 3.80 3.29 69% 8 21% 25 0.91 30 0.17 32 WAS 31 50 9.8%
32 MIA 3.17 2.96 70% 6 26% 32 0.86 32 0.25 31 TEN 32 56 11.2%
x NFL x 4.26 64% x 19% x 1.03 x 0.67 x NFL x 40 7.0%

The second table lists each team's Adjusted Line Yards in each direction listed in official NFL play-by-play, along with rank among the 32 teams. Only five directions are listed because research so far shows no statistically significant difference between how well a team performs on runs listed middle, left guard, and right guard.

    LEFT END LEFT TACKLE MID/GUARD RIGHT TACKLE RIGHT END
Rank TEAM ALY Rank ALY Rank ALY Rank ALY Rank ALY Rank
1 NO 4.40 11 4.36 14 5.25 1 4.85 7 4.28 16
2 DAL 4.08 14 5.73 1 4.74 4 4.90 5 4.96 9
3 BAL 5.78 1 3.94 22 4.68 8 5.00 4 4.73 13
4 TEN 5.05 5 4.74 7 4.41 17 4.39 14 5.72 3
5 GB 4.55 8 3.10 29 5.02 3 4.86 6 4.36 15
6 OAK 3.34 24 4.55 12 4.71 7 5.73 2 4.00 19
7 MIN 5.25 3 4.22 18 4.06 24 5.06 3 5.32 6
8 SF 5.19 4 3.97 21 4.46 14 4.53 11 4.84 10
9 NE 3.31 26 4.60 9 4.72 6 3.96 20 5.17 7
10 CLE 2.13 32 4.84 5 4.73 5 4.54 10 3.22 27
11 DEN 3.95 16 5.20 3 4.49 13 4.79 9 3.48 21
12 IND 2.99 30 4.98 4 4.54 11 4.47 12 5.84 2
13 LAC 3.92 17 4.35 15 4.22 21 4.37 15 5.34 5
14 PHI 4.44 9 3.70 24 5.19 2 3.76 23 2.88 30
15 BUF 3.67 21 4.59 10 4.54 12 2.95 29 6.15 1
16 SEA 5.37 2 4.30 16 3.87 29 4.79 8 5.09 8
17 CAR 3.32 25 4.16 19 4.41 18 4.41 13 4.44 14
18 WAS 3.61 22 4.25 17 4.66 9 4.06 19 3.93 20
19 LAR 3.75 20 4.04 20 4.64 10 3.94 21 4.12 17
20 DET 3.89 18 5.57 2 4.43 16 3.16 27 3.23 26
21 HOU 4.41 10 3.19 27 4.45 15 2.84 30 4.01 18
22 ARI 4.23 13 4.61 8 4.23 20 4.10 17 3.27 25
23 TB 3.37 23 3.55 25 4.28 19 3.12 28 3.46 22
24 ATL 3.21 27 4.56 11 3.79 31 4.08 18 4.74 12
25 NYG 3.09 29 3.75 23 3.90 26 4.11 16 4.82 11
26 CIN 4.90 6 2.90 30 3.81 30 3.38 25 5.55 4
27 JAX 3.88 19 4.49 13 4.06 22 3.61 24 1.15 32
28 KC 4.02 15 2.35 32 3.87 28 5.93 1 3.34 23
29 CHI 3.19 28 4.84 6 4.03 25 2.72 32 3.30 24
30 PIT 4.37 12 3.44 26 4.06 23 3.29 26 3.15 28
31 NYJ 4.62 7 2.80 31 3.88 27 3.80 22 3.02 29
32 MIA 2.86 31 3.13 28 3.41 32 2.73 31 2.48 31
x NFL 4.07 x 4.25 x 4.37 x 4.20 x 4.23 x

The third table lists how often each team runs in each direction. Numbers may not add up to 100% due to carries listed without direction. Certain teams may have abnormal splits because of specific official scorer tendencies.

Rank Team RB
Carries
LEFT
END
LEFT
TACKLE
MID/
GUARD
RIGHT
TACKLE
RIGHT
END
1 MIN 429 18% 19% 37% 14% 13%
2 SF 427 12% 15% 48% 15% 11%
3 IND 400 19% 5% 60% 5% 11%
3 NE 400 12% 10% 56% 12% 11%
5 OAK 399 12% 13% 51% 16% 8%
6 SEA 396 12% 11% 54% 16% 7%
7 BAL 393 4% 8% 67% 18% 3%
8 DAL 387 8% 18% 50% 13% 11%
9 PHI 386 15% 12% 45% 10% 18%
10 TEN 368 11% 14% 55% 10% 10%
11 DEN 359 10% 10% 55% 15% 10%
12 CLE 358 7% 16% 62% 12% 3%
13 GB 356 15% 11% 50% 10% 15%
14 DET 354 10% 13% 51% 15% 11%
15 NYJ 345 8% 8% 68% 12% 5%
16 PIT 344 8% 12% 60% 13% 8%
17 HOU 342 6% 10% 66% 10% 8%
18 BUF 340 6% 13% 64% 14% 4%
18 LAC 340 16% 11% 46% 13% 14%
18 TB 340 6% 9% 70% 12% 4%
21 LAR 334 10% 19% 45% 18% 8%
22 NO 333 11% 15% 56% 13% 6%
23 CIN 331 8% 11% 60% 12% 9%
24 CHI 319 10% 15% 55% 12% 7%
25 ATL 315 13% 21% 48% 11% 7%
25 CAR 315 8% 10% 61% 15% 6%
25 WAS 315 12% 10% 48% 12% 18%
28 KC 312 15% 8% 55% 9% 13%
29 JAX 309 13% 12% 64% 4% 6%
30 NYG 301 5% 8% 63% 16% 8%
31 MIA 281 6% 11% 59% 13% 9%
32 ARI 280 16% 6% 59% 6% 13%
x NFL x 11% 12% 56% 12% 9%