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Is the Chargers’ offensive line worth a top five ranking?

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 23: Philip Rivers
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 23: Philip Rivers
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Does the Los Angeles Chargers’ offensive line deserve to be ranked as a top five unit? Let’s debate…

About a week ago, an article came out on NFL.com regarding ranking offensive line units among NFL teams. Here’s how the top ten played out:

  1. New Orleans Saints
  2. Buffalo Bills
  3. Los Angeles Rams
  4. Baltimore Ravens
  5. Los Angeles Chargers
  6. Minnesota Vikings
  7. Oakland Raiders
  8. Pittsburgh Steelers
  9. Atlanta Falcons
  10. Jacksonville Jaguars

The explanation for the ranking:

“The Rams weren’t the only team in Los Angeles to successfully revamp its offensive line, as theChargers significantly improved as a pass-protecting unit in 2017. In 2016, Philip Rivers led the NFL with 21 interceptions and was under duress most of the year. The Chargers gave up a pressure on 29.8 percent of their plays two seasons ago, the 10th-highest rate in the league. That changed swiftly in Anthony Lynn’s first year as head coach, with Los Angeles allowing the fifth-fewest pressures in 2017 and a league-low 18 sacks. The arrival of veteran left tackle Russell Okung in free agency proved to be a difference-making move for the Chargers’ front-five.” -Matt Harmon

Is he right to rank them fifth? Let’s take a closer look:

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