After an impressive showing in game one, the LA Rams offensive line has an even tougher task this week against a hungry Eagles defensive line
The LA Rams knew that their offensive line needed to do a good job in week one. By all accounts, they did. Let’s not micromanage this cast of five, shall we? if one player scores highly on an individual grading system, but the player next to him does not, is it a successful offensive line outing? There are two fundamental rules for an NFL offense. Rule 1 – It starts with the quarterback. Rule 2 – The quarterback depends on the offensive line. So how did they do?
Well, if you were looking at running games, the Rams outgained and outscored one of the NFL’s best ground games in week one. The Rams offense gained 153 yards on the ground without Todd Gurley, good for seventh in the NFL. In the process, the Rams ran for two touchdowns. Meanwhile, the passing game racked up 269 yards in the air, good enough for eighth in the NFL. That balanced attack added up to 422 yards of a balanced offense, good enough for a Top-5 spot i the NFL.
The Rams offensive line doing the right things right
In 2019, the Rams offensive line never really had a chance to gel. This year, they have already and are going to improve each week. So what did that mean for Jared Goff? Well, scratch the blow to the head by defensive end Aldon Smith that nearly tore Goff’s head off, and he had a solid game. But the solid effort by the offensive line made that possible.
Checking the offensive line stats, Goff was pressured just 11.8 percent of the time. When he dropped back to pass, he had 2.6 seconds to throw the ball. That was the number one ranked amount of time to throw in the NFL. The Dallas defense was so frustrated, they started blitzing Goff regularly in the second half.