The Los Angeles Rams have an explosive offense. Jared Goff is on pace for over 5,000 passing yards, Todd Gurley has picked up where he left off from his 2017 Offensive Player of the Year campaign, and the Rams trio of wideouts - Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp - are all on pace to eclipse 1,300 yards receiving.
But the unsung heroes in this offense are the big guys up front, whose level of play shouldn’t but overlooked. Luckily, it’s not. Over at Pro Football Focus, they’re making an(other) appearance at No. 1 on their weekly offensive line rankings list:
Left Tackle: Andrew Whitworth, 87.6
Left Guard: Rodger Saffold, 77.5
Center: John Sullivan, 63.6
Right Guard: Austin Blythe, 78.6
Right Tackle: Rob Havenstein, 84.2
Andrew Whitworth, who turns 37 years old in December, continues to be the class of the tackle position in the NFL. Whitworth was drafted five picks after former Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeil, didn’t make a Pro Bowl until McNeil was already retired in 2012, and in his 13th NFL season is currently the second highest-graded tackle in the NFL.
PFF ranked the Rams’ O-line the league’s 4th best unit after a Week 1 win in Oakland, and slid them into third after Week 2’s drubbing of the Cardinals. They first rose to No. 1 status following their win over the Chargers, and have maintained the No. 1 ranking since.
The Rams have studs up front and it appears the offense will go as they do. And so the offense is going. It’s going prettay, prettay, prettay good.