One of the biggest assets the Philadelphia Eagles had last season was their offensive line. That appears to be the case again as the team heads into their regular season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Eagles offensive line dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third preseason game and look like they are in mid-season form.
Against the Steelers, the first team offensive line received their first extended play of the preseason and dominated. The Eagles offense racked up 251 yards in the first half and the offensive line was a huge part of that. The unit was able to keep a clean pocket for quarterback Nick Foles and allow him to go through his progressions. Foles did not have his best game missing a few throws, but he was efficient and the offensive line has a big part of that.
The offensive line of Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans, and Allen Barbre also put together a strong effort in the run game. Running backs LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, and Matthews Tucker all averaged more than 4.5 yards per carry. That is a testament to not only their skills but to the offensive line opening holes consistently. Sproles also punched in a one yard touchdown with help from the line. Kelce and Herremans also made key blocks on the screen pass that McCoy took in for a 22 yard score.
After the Eagles first team offensive line was finished dominating, the Philly second team came in and took over where they left off. The second team offensive line blew up the Steelers on two consecutive touchdown drives. The running backs working with the second team continued to average strong numbers. No running back that played in the game averaged less than 4.6 yards per carry. That is fantastic nd a testament to how well the line played. The second team offensive line pass blocked extremely well for quarterback Mark Sanchez as he carved up the Pittsburgh defense going 7-9 for 85 yards and leading two touchdown drives.
The Eagles benefited from tremendous offensive line play a year ago and has the making of duplicating that again in 2014. In an offense with a variety of weapons and loads of playmakers, the offensive line still sets the tone and allows those players to be better. If the offensive line can continue to play together this well, the Eagles offense is extremely dangerous.
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