Sep 20, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) looks on before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated San Diego 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
5. Andrew Whitworth
Andrew Whitworth has easily been the NFL’s best offensive tackle over the span of the last two seasons, yet he’s barely gained any recognition for this feat. “Big Whit” has been a fixture on Cincinnati’s offensive line and a key team leader who puts the Bengals before himself. Whitworth handed the keys to Andy Dalton when the coaches asked him to let the quarterback step up as the team leader, and he didn’t make too big of a deal when the Bengals drafted his future replacement at left tackle after the best season of Whitworth’s career.
But enough about Whitworth’s leadership. Let’s get to what really matters–his play through the 2015 season. Whitworth is the NFL’s best tackle in pass protection. He has gone 819 consecutive snaps at left tackle without allowing a sack, per Pro Football Focus. Whitworth’s streak is actually the third-longest streak of this nature since PFF started recording this statistic in 2007. He’d only need 81 more sack-less snaps to break Duane Brown‘s record of 899 consecutive snaps without allowing a sack at left tackle.
6. Clint Boling
Clint Boling has also excelled on the Bengals’ offensive line in 2015. In fact, Boling’s emergence has helped Cincinnati’s offensive line become what many consider to be the NFL’s best offensive line.
Like Whitworth and Andre Smith, Clint Boling is also on an impressive sack-less streak, having gone 360 consecutive snaps at left guard without giving up a sack. Boling has also jumped around on the line, filling in at right guard and right tackle at times, so he may have gone even longer without giving up a sack. Regardless, it’s still impressive.
These two offensive linemen are monsters in both the passing game and the run game, and their presence on Cincy’s highly regarded O-line warrants Pro Bowl consideration.
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