Sep 16, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks to the sidelines in the huddle during the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals offensive line tops PFF's rankings

The Bengals have consistently had one of the league’s best offensive lines over the past three seasons, and that trend has continued this year. Even with a setback with Andrew Whitworth’s knee surgery, Anthony Collins was able to step-in and pick up the slack, and once Whit returned, so too did the entire starting o-line from last year.

Between Whit and Andre Smith at tackle, you won’t find many teams with a better OT-tandem than the Bengals, and guards Kevin Zeitler and Clint continues to develop into one of the better guard-duos in the league.

All four of the aforementioned players rank in the top-10 of their respective position in Pro Football Focus’ positional rankings, who also ranks the Bengals entire offensive line the best in football:


1. Cincinnati Bengals: +37.1

Stud: Pick your poison, and pick it well since there’s a fine selection. On top its Andrew Whitworth (+11.3), who so far is giving up a quarterback disruption on every 29.6 drop-backs.

Dud: There is no dud, but the least impressive of the unit isKyle Cook (-2.3) and that’s chiefly down to his pass protection.

Summary: It comes to something when even the backup left tackle, Anthony Collins, is getting a positive grade. Helped by a quick-hit offense, they rarely allow pressure and their young guards have taken a big step forward in the run game.



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