The offensive line and running backs
The Saints game was a disaster for the offensive line. Trey Pipkins and Ryan Groy were practically turnstiles and Sam Tevi had his first bad game of the year. Coming off of the bye week though, the offensive line looked pretty good. The run blocking is still a problem, but the pass blocking was about as good as it could’ve been.
The offensive line gave up five total pressures during the game. Compared to their last game in which they allowed 21 total pressures, this was certainly a more even effort.
Hopefully Bulaga and Turner can be worked back in during the Denver game next week. The Broncos are statistically worse than average in pass rush and run stop win rate, so it definitely could serve as a get right game for them
The running backs were unfortunately worse than the line play in my opinion. All you really need to know about them in this one is that Herbert led the team in rushing yards. Even with his awesome effort in this game, a quarterback should NEVER have 25 more yards on the ground than both of his running backs combined.
Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson saved the game from being a total disaster on their parts by being factors in the quick passing game. Kelley picked up a few key first downs and Jackson had 43 receiving yards. But 2.4 yards per carry is a truly disastrous metric. Ekeler has missed 2.5 games since his injury against Tampa Bay and still is the leading rusher on the team by 16 yards. Yikes.
Herbert and Joe Reed did their best to save the running game with their efforts, but the RB production is abysmal right now.
Offensive Line: B
Running Backs: C-