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Postby deftdelivery » Mon Jul 19, 2004 10:17 am

Green Bay (all 5 starters returning)
Baltimore (hello...Jonathan Ogden...)
Kansas City (still a great O-line, even after losing Tait)
Denver (that line cranks out stud backs every year)
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Postby Cornbread Maxwell » Mon Jul 19, 2004 11:42 am

TheBigBakedBean wrote:Finally someone puts Green Bay's O-line on top.

Last season, they allowed the fewest sacks (Favre can get out of a jam, but not like Vick or even Garcia...so that is saying something) and had the 3rd-highest team rushing total - as a team known for passing. I just didn't want to talk them up because...well...it wouldn't have meant much to anyone. All 5 starters are returning and even the backups are staying on board.

Why is Minnesota's O-Line getting props? Is there something I'm missing?


No - Detroit led the league in fewest sacks allowed - and it wasnt even close. I believe the next best allowed 8 more sacks than Detroits Oline. The scary thing is that Detroit upgraded their Oline this offseason.

They may not be a top 5, but dont write off the Lions Oline either.
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Postby Bennett4prez » Mon Jul 19, 2004 11:46 am

1. Denver
2. Minnesota
3. Kansas City
4. Green Bay
5. Baltimore
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Postby TheHeat24 » Mon Jul 19, 2004 11:49 am

Green Bay(really talented and returning all 5 starters)

KC (Returning 4 of 5 starters and still have shields and roaf)

Seattle( Irank them ahead of Baltimore becasue they are also a very good pass blocking line and maybe have the best bookends
in the league (Walter Jones and Chris Terry))

Baltimore ( A run blocking machine)

Denver ( see ravens minus john ogden and any real studs)

Other olines of note ---> Minnesota, NO, Arizona and Washington
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Postby Free Bagel » Mon Jul 19, 2004 12:04 pm

Not sure why everyone is putting Baltimore's line on there. They're stacked at LG and LT, but the rest of the line is fairly weak.

And Minnesota's o-line is on there because they've quietly led the league in team rushing I think two of the past three years.
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Postby TheHeat24 » Mon Jul 19, 2004 12:11 pm

Free Bagel wrote:Not sure why everyone is putting Baltimore's line on there. They're stacked at LG and LT, but the rest of the line is fairly weak.

And Minnesota's o-line is on there because they've quietly led the league in team rushing I think two of the past three years.


J Lew didnt get 2000 yds by himself... and especially not with the help of a passing game.
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Postby Mr. Guru » Mon Jul 19, 2004 2:06 pm

Hmmm, let's see here. The one guy ripping on the Vikings O-line has a Green Bay banner. Obviously, a little bit biased. The one guy brought up the best point in a reply to that...the Vikings have led the league in rushing twice in three years. And not to mention, with Moe and a rookie running most of the year last year.

Of course, there is no Brett Favre on the Vikings, so they suck, right Green Bay guy?
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Postby Bennett4prez » Mon Jul 19, 2004 2:20 pm

Mr. Guru wrote:Hmmm, let's see here. The one guy ripping on the Vikings O-line has a Green Bay banner. Obviously, a little bit biased. The one guy brought up the best point in a reply to that...the Vikings have led the league in rushing twice in three years. And not to mention, with Moe and a rookie running most of the year last year.

Of course, there is no Brett Favre on the Vikings, so they suck, right Green Bay guy?


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Postby KingGhidra » Mon Jul 19, 2004 2:21 pm

It what respect? Some lines are great at pass blocking but not run blocking and vice versa.

Best run blocking

Minnesota
KC
Denver
Carolina
Baltimore

Best pass blocking

New England
Tampa Bay
KC
Detroit?

I question Detroit because I wonder if their sack rate is because of Harrington throwing the ball away early instead of trying to make a play.

Oakland was dominant at both two seasons ago. Should be interesting to see if they rebound in '04.
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Postby Mr. Guru » Mon Jul 19, 2004 2:30 pm

KingGhidra, you bring up an interesting point which I'm sure most people here can't really break down passing vs. run blocking unless they check out Madden rankings for players.

Denver has to be the best run blocking team in the late 90's and so...but lately, Minnesota's O-line has proven to be up there. Kansas City as well.
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