Stats show Rams’ offensive line has been one of NFL’s best this season

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Regardless of who you have at quarterback, keeping him upright is required for him to have success through the air. Before the season began, there were question marks surrounding the offensive line of the Los Angeles Rams, particularly on the interior.

Those questions have subsided as the Rams’ O-line has been utterly dominant through the first seven weeks of the season. As shown by a graphic from The Athletic’s Ben Baldwin, Los Angeles has done a fantastic job protecting Matthew Stafford.

The Rams have the lowest sack rate in the NFL, while also boasting the best pass-block grade this season.

On 241 pass attempts this season, Stafford has been sacked just seven times. And according to PFF’s Trevor Sikkema, the Rams own the fifth-lowest pressure percentage allowed.

It was expected for Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein to perform well at the tackle spots this season. But with Los Angeles losing Austin Blythe in free agency, there was warranted concern with how Brian Allen, Austin Corbett and David Edwards were going to perform on the interior.

All three of Allen, Corbett and Edwards have exceeded expectations nearly halfway through the season. Allen is the most surprising of the bunch as he’s done well at the center position despite the criticism he received from fans and media alike during the offseason.

Of course, it’s nice for the Rams to now have a quarterback like Stafford who can excel in off-script situations. At the same time, it’s helpful when the offensive line can match Stafford’s talent by giving him a clean pocket to operate from.

While Stafford has been airing it out with plenty of success this season, the offensive line of the Rams deserves a ton of credit for his numbers thus far. With the holiday season right around the corner, maybe Stafford will consider getting some worthwhile gifts for the guys that keep his jersey clean.

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