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.