One of the positives that came from Week 1 for the Los Angeles Rams is the fact the new-look offensive line performed admirably well. After a stellar outing to begin the season, the Rams’ offensive line finished third in aggregated pass protection ratings in Week 1 versus the Seattle Seahawks.
To come up with the aggregated ratings, PFF grades and SIS scores were weighted at 40 percent each. The final 20 percent came from ESPN’s pass-block win rate, which was the only metric that was vastly different for the Rams.
Aggregated pass protection measures from 3 sources.
Honestly this mostly checks out, though the ratings for PIT are all over the place.
The teams with 100 in the "SIS" column are teams with zero charted blown blocks
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Injuries and inconsistency led to the Rams allowing Matthew Stafford to be sacked 29 times in only 9 starts in 2022. The offensive line surrendered 59 total sacks a season ago.
Following a dismal season in the trenches, the Rams added new faces and made alterations to the starting offensive line. The five starters in Week 1 from left to right were Alaric Jackson, Steve Avila, Coleman Shelton, Joe Noteboom, and Rob Havenstein.
With a new starting five in place, the Rams allowed five total pressures and zero sacks in a 30-13 win over the Seahawks on the road. Sean McVay had nothing but positive things to say about how the offensive line performed in the season opener.
While it was a step in the right direction for the Rams’ offensive line, they’ll be tasked with slowing down the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.