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2014 NFL OFFENSIVE LINE RATINGS

Regular season totals, through Week 17

Revised as of 3/27/2015

Teams are ranked according to Adjusted Line Yards. Based on regressionanalysis, the Adjusted Line Yards formula takes all running back carries andassigns 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 shotguncompared to standard formations. Finally, we normalize the numbers sothat the league average for Adjusted Line Yards per carry is the sameas 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'tinclude quarterbacks or fumbles, long runs are truncated, and a different set ofadjustments is used, attempting to isolate line play rather than total teamoffense.

A team with a high ranking in Adjusted Line Yards but a low ranking in Open FieldYards 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 Yardsis heavily dependent on its running back breaking long runs to make the runninggame work.

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

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

RUN BLOCKING PASS PROTECTION
  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 DAL 4.40 4.86 76% 4 18% 11 1.38 2 1.10 2 DEN 1 17 3.7%
2 NO 4.38 4.36 59% 22 18% 13 1.25 8 0.73 15 NE 2 26 4.4%
3 BAL 4.25 4.83 55% 28 21% 23 1.36 3 1.30 1 OAK 3 28 4.4%
4 SEA 4.23 4.62 78% 2 17% 6 1.34 4 0.80 11 BAL 4 19 4.5%
5 NE 4.22 4.11 59% 23 21% 27 1.22 11 0.59 23 CIN 5 23 4.6%
6 PIT 4.10 4.50 69% 8 15% 1 1.18 15 0.96 5 ARI 6 28 4.8%
7 KC 4.08 4.47 60% 21 17% 5 1.15 17 0.97 4 IND 7 29 4.8%
8 GB 4.08 4.39 59% 25 21% 24 1.29 5 0.83 8 HOU 8 26 4.9%
9 MIA 4.06 4.63 63% 17 18% 12 1.42 1 0.82 9 PHI 9 32 4.9%
10 SF 4.05 4.15 48% 32 21% 19 1.26 6 0.59 24 NYG 10 30 5.0%
11 CIN 4.03 4.53 68% 9 15% 3 1.16 16 1.04 3 ATL 11 31 5.1%
12 DEN 3.98 4.39 75% 5 18% 9 1.24 10 0.83 7 NO 12 30 5.3%
13 MIN 3.97 4.11 68% 10 15% 2 1.07 21 0.61 21 GB 13 30 5.5%
14 ATL 3.96 3.93 67% 13 21% 20 1.02 24 0.68 17 PIT 14 33 5.8%
15 CHI 3.94 3.97 68% 10 18% 10 1.21 12 0.38 32 CLE 15 31 6.0%
16 IND 3.94 3.91 52% 31 19% 15 1.20 13 0.46 29 DAL 16 30 6.1%
RUN BLOCKING PASS PROTECTION
  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
17 TEN 3.91 3.82 63% 17 17% 4 1.06 23 0.39 31 SD 17 37 6.1%
18 STL 3.90 4.08 53% 30 21% 29 1.18 14 0.71 16 CHI 18 41 6.3%
19 WAS 3.87 4.22 58% 27 20% 16 1.26 7 0.75 14 MIA 19 46 6.9%
20 NYJ 3.84 4.20 75% 5 18% 8 1.12 20 0.65 19 BUF 20 39 6.9%
21 DET 3.79 3.75 65% 15 22% 30 0.99 26 0.59 26 DET 21 45 6.9%
22 NYG 3.76 3.62 61% 20 20% 18 0.94 29 0.47 28 CAR 22 42 7.9%
23 HOU 3.72 4.07 67% 13 21% 25 1.07 22 0.80 12 STL 23 47 8.6%
24 ARI 3.68 3.47 59% 24 19% 14 0.92 32 0.42 30 SEA 24 42 8.7%
25 CLE 3.63 3.79 61% 19 22% 31 1.13 19 0.60 22 NYJ 25 47 8.8%
26 BUF 3.62 3.83 63% 16 17% 7 0.94 30 0.64 20 TEN 26 50 8.9%
27 CAR 3.60 3.93 68% 10 20% 17 1.14 18 0.59 25 MIN 27 51 9.1%
28 OAK 3.56 3.80 55% 29 21% 21 0.94 31 0.65 18 KC 28 49 9.4%
29 PHI 3.52 4.36 81% 1 21% 26 1.24 9 0.93 6 TB 29 52 9.4%
30 JAC 3.52 3.98 58% 26 21% 22 0.96 27 0.81 10 SF 30 52 9.8%
31 SD 3.29 3.51 78% 3 21% 28 0.95 28 0.52 27 WAS 31 58 9.8%
32 TB 3.21 3.73 69% 7 23% 32 0.99 25 0.79 13 JAC 32 71 11.3%
x NFL x 4.14 65% x 19% x 1.02 x 0.65 x NFL x 38 6.6%

The second table lists each team's Adjusted Line Yards in each direction listedin official NFL play-by-play, along with rank among the 32 teams. Only fivedirections are listed because research so far shows no statistically significantdifference 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
  TEAM ALY Rank ALY Rank ALY Rank ALY Rank ALY Rank
1 DAL 4.36 7 4.56 3 4.14 7 4.90 3 4.16 12
2 NO 4.49 4 4.29 8 4.61 1 4.34 7 3.44 20
3 BAL 4.43 5 3.80 16 4.11 9 5.07 1 3.59 17
4 SEA 4.19 13 3.49 22 4.21 5 4.44 6 5.30 1
5 NE 4.50 2 4.93 2 3.71 25 4.63 4 5.19 3
6 PIT 4.49 3 5.53 1 3.96 19 2.97 31 5.22 2
7 KC 4.26 10 3.38 26 4.06 15 3.75 19 5.17 4
8 GB 3.88 15 3.84 14 4.08 12 4.49 5 4.15 13
9 MIA 2.29 31 4.01 10 4.41 2 3.92 16 4.75 8
10 SF 3.53 22 4.53 4 4.01 16 3.10 27 4.82 7
11 CIN 3.88 16 3.46 23 3.99 17 4.96 2 3.73 16
12 DEN 3.38 24 2.98 31 4.27 4 4.12 12 3.54 18
13 MIN 4.20 12 3.75 17 4.10 10 3.10 28 4.07 14
14 ATL 2.73 29 4.35 6 4.41 3 4.23 8 3.02 26
15 CHI 3.55 20 3.27 27 4.14 8 3.86 17 4.28 9
16 IND 4.22 11 3.55 20 4.15 6 4.18 9 3.02 25
    LEFT END LEFT TACKLE MID/GUARD RIGHT TACKLE RIGHT END
  TEAM ALY Rank ALY Rank ALY Rank ALY Rank ALY Rank
17 TEN 3.27 25 4.30 7 4.06 14 3.99 15 3.01 27
18 STL 4.81 1 4.25 9 3.58 26 3.67 21 5.12 5
19 WAS 3.22 26 3.95 11 3.96 18 4.12 11 4.18 11
20 NYJ 2.87 28 3.20 29 3.94 20 3.60 23 4.97 6
21 DET 3.79 18 3.57 19 4.06 13 3.18 26 4.21 10
22 NYG 3.45 23 3.93 12 3.86 21 3.67 20 3.34 22
23 HOU 2.72 30 3.42 24 4.10 11 3.51 24 3.46 19
24 ARI 4.29 9 1.83 32 3.84 22 4.02 14 3.43 21
25 CLE 4.30 8 4.37 5 3.51 29 3.77 18 2.55 29
26 BUF 1.99 32 3.82 15 3.77 24 4.16 10 1.65 32
27 CAR 3.77 19 3.26 28 3.49 30 4.04 13 3.96 15
28 OAK 4.37 6 3.90 13 3.52 27 3.09 29 1.97 31
29 PHI 3.54 21 3.57 18 3.81 23 2.68 32 3.33 23
30 JAC 3.81 17 3.40 25 3.52 28 3.67 22 3.17 24
31 SD 3.91 14 3.08 30 3.35 31 3.35 25 2.36 30
32 TB 3.15 27 3.52 21 3.24 32 3.01 30 2.86 28
x NFL 3.74 x 3.86 x 3.93 x 3.98 x 3.79 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.

  Team RB
Carries
LEFT
END
LEFT
TACKLE
MID/
GUARD
RIGHT
TACKLE
RIGHT
END
1 HOU 474 8% 17% 49% 17% 9%
2 DAL 472 15% 21% 34% 18% 12%
3 CLE 427 9% 13% 49% 18% 11%
4 NYG 426 10% 12% 56% 12% 9%
5 PHI 417 22% 9% 41% 7% 20%
6 CIN 414 10% 14% 56% 14% 7%
7 BAL 401 5% 17% 49% 24% 5%
7 DEN 401 9% 10% 63% 10% 8%
9 NYJ 393 9% 9% 55% 16% 11%
10 SEA 389 6% 16% 52% 16% 9%
11 NE 379 10% 16% 54% 11% 10%
12 GB 371 19% 16% 36% 15% 14%
13 NO 369 15% 15% 43% 18% 10%
14 BUF 366 5% 12% 66% 12% 5%
15 PIT 365 6% 11% 66% 13% 4%
16 SD 357 9% 10% 63% 9% 9%
  Team RB
Carries
LEFT
END
LEFT
TACKLE
MID/
GUARD
RIGHT
TACKLE
RIGHT
END
17 SF 355 6% 21% 56% 10% 7%
18 ARI 354 11% 10% 50% 18% 12%
19 CAR 352 9% 9% 61% 8% 14%
20 KC 350 12% 10% 59% 10% 9%
21 DET 345 12% 21% 40% 17% 10%
22 IND 337 14% 12% 54% 7% 14%
22 MIN 337 7% 9% 63% 10% 11%
24 ATL 335 12% 14% 44% 14% 15%
25 MIA 334 13% 13% 54% 10% 10%
26 WAS 333 21% 11% 34% 13% 22%
27 STL 328 10% 14% 57% 13% 5%
28 TB 316 8% 14% 57% 13% 8%
29 OAK 303 7% 16% 68% 7% 3%
29 TEN 303 12% 12% 60% 9% 7%
31 CHI 302 13% 12% 51% 12% 12%
32 JAC 297 22% 8% 43% 7% 20%
x NFL x 11% 13% 52% 13% 10%