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Offensive Line Continuity Critical to Success in the NFL

How important is offensive line continuity in the NFL? Consider these facts about the six teams that have allowed the fewest pressures through four weeks of the 2020 season:

  • Their combined record is 17-7
  • Four of the six teams had at least four starting returners (Colts returned all five)
  • Carolina was the only team that turned over three or more players (though two new 2020 starters appeared in games for the Panthers last season)
  • They have combined to allow 30 sacks
  • Combined Pressure % is 15.5%
  • Total combined pressures allowed: 126

And here’s what we know about the six teams that have allowed the most pressures:

  • Their combined record is 5-17-1
  • Three of the six teams turned over at least three offensive linemen
  • Houston is the only team in this group that returned all five offensive linemen
  • They have combined to allow 78 sacks
  • Combined Pressure % is 25.98%
  • Total combined pressures allowed: 277
  • Three of the six teams have had QBs go down with injuries as a result of pressure

Here’s a breakdown of the six teams that have allowed the fewest pressures:

Green Bay Packers

Returning OL starters: 4

Record: 4-0

Pressures Allowed: 18

Pressure %: 16.3%

Sacks: 3

Cleveland Browns

Returning OL starters: 3

Record: 3-1

Pressures Allowed: 21

Pressure %: 16.8%

Sacks: 6

Indianapolis Colts

Returning OL starters: 5

Record: 3-1

Pressures Allowed: 22

Pressure %: 15.2%

Sacks: 3

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Carolina Panthers

Returning OL starters: 2

Record: 2-2

Pressures Allowed: 22

Pressure %: 14.0%

Sacks: 8

New Orleans Saints

Returning OL starters: 4

Record: 2-2

Pressures Allowed: 22

Pressure %: 16.3%

Sacks: 5

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Returning OL starters: 4

Record: 3-1

Pressures Allowed: 24

Pressure %: 14.8%

Sacks: 5

And here’s a breakdown of the six teams that have allowed the most pressures:

New York Jets

Returning OL starters: 1

Record: 0-4

Pressures Allowed: 41

Pressure %: 25.3%

Sacks: 12

Dallas Cowboys

Returning OL starters: 3

Record: 1-3

Pressures Allowed: 48

Pressure %: 21.6%

Sacks: 9

Cincinnati Bengals

Returning OL starters: 3

Record: 1-2-1

Pressures Allowed: 42

Pressure %: 20.8%

Sacks: 15

Denver Broncos

Returning OL starters: 2

Record: 1-3

Pressures Allowed: 48

Pressure %: 28.2%

Sacks: 13

Houston Texans

Returning OL starters: 5

Record: 0-4

Pressures Allowed: 49

Pressure %: 31.0%

Sacks: 16

San Francisco 49ers

Returning OL starters: 2

Record: 2-2

Pressures Allowed: 50

Pressure %: 29.0%

Sacks: 13

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