Oct 5, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) is chased by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Erik Walden (93) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Highest Rated Offensive Players: Marshal Yanda (12.1), Kelechi Osemele (11.6), Ricky Wagner (7.8), Jeremy Zuttah (6.6), Justin Forsett (5.4)
The offensive line, save for the left tackle spot, continues to play lights out this season. It’s true that Joe Flacco was sacked four times against the Colts after not being sacked a single time the previous three, but 3 of those came from undrafted rookie James Hurst. The rest of the line continued to play extremely well.
Marshal Yanda continues his renaissance by ranking as the number one offensive guard in the NFL. He has simply dominated in run blocking (10.5), while also receiving a positive grade in pass blocking (0.6). Yanda’s pass protection has slipped a bit as he has given up one sack, two hits, and four hurries on the season.
Kelechi Osemele gave up a sack against the Colts, but still grades out as the third best guard in the NFL. It is the only sack Osemele has given up in five games, along with one hurry. Osemele has been a beast in run blocking as well, and along with Yanda has bounced back admirably from an injury laden 2013.
Zuttah and Wagner continue to look like they were made for this scheme. Wagner grades out as the seventh best tackle in the NFL through five games, and Zuttah is the third best center. Wagner’s strength is in pass protection, though he has struggled a bit in run blocking. Zuttah has received positive grades for both.
Justin Forsett continues his rebirth by racking up 99 total yards on a mere 13 touches against the Colts. Forsett is the third highest rated running back in the NFL through five weeks and continues to show that he needs more touches. Forsett has played on a mere 58.7% of snaps so far, despite being by far and away the highest rated skill player on offense.
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