Pro Football Focus did an extensive look at each offensive line in the NFL. The analytics-based website ranked the Las Vegas Raiders with the 11th best offensive line in the league.
You can complain that they should be a top-10 unit, but the point is, the numbers suggest the Raiders have an upper-level offensive line. I think the most important aspect of this story is that most of the teams ranked ahead of the Raiders made the playoffs last season and are expected to be contenders again this season.
Good teams usually have good offensive lines. The Raiders should be in solid shape there. They have a veteran unit that is well paid. If the Raiders get good health on the line, it will go a long way in this team being the playoff contender it believes it will be.
So, whether the Raiders are ranked No. 1, No. 5 or No. 11 by PFF, the only thing that matters is that the unit helps win games in 2020.
In other Raiders’ links:
- Red-zone success: PFF ranked Derek Carr as the second-best passer in the red-zone in 2019.
- Bleak stats: PFF has ugly pass-rush stats for the Raiders in the past two years. But Maxx Crosby is changing things, I promise.
- More Renfrow love: The AP has some dandy Hunter Renfrow numbers.
- 2020 preview: Yahoo looks at the 2020 Raiders.
- Sweet Amukamara numbers: PFF has some encouraging stats on new Raiders’ cornerback Prince Amukamara.