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TOP PASS RUSH ADVANTAGES
Giants -24.7 at Eagles Pass Rush
Bengals -12.7 at Bills Pass Rush
49ers -9.7 vsCowboys Pass Rush
New York Giants -24.7 at Philadelphia Eagles
The Giants have the worst pass blocking offensive line left in the playoffs according to our NFL Betting/Props Cheat Sheet. Both Pro Football Focus and Football Outsiders rank the Giants 24th while ESPN ranks New York 29th at pass block win rate. PFF grades tackle Andrew Thomas third out of 82 tackles at pass blocking which makes him the Giants best pass blocker. New York has two other offensive linemen graded as average pass blockers and two others below average. Both tackle Andrew Thomas and center Jon Feliciano rank 10th at pass block win rate according to ESPN.
Philadelphia has the top ranked pass rush average this week. The Eagles are ranked #1 overall by Pro Football Focus, Football Outsiders, and ESPN. The Eagles have three players ranked on ESPN's top 10 list for PRWR. Edge rusher Haason Reddick and Josh Sweat rank second and 10th, while defensive tackle Javon Hargrave ranks third. Four of the Eagles front seven defenders rank above average at pass rushing. Defensive tackle Javon Hargraves grades third of 104, edge rushers Josh Sweat and Haason Reddick grade 14th and fifth of 115. Linebacker T.J. Edwards grades above average but with no rank.
Cincinnati Bengals -12.7 at Buffalo Bills
The Bengals offensive line is the second worst pass blocking unit ranked this week by our NFL Betting/Props Cheat Sheet. Cincinnati’s pass blocking is ranked 30th by both Pro Football Focus and ESPN's pass block win rate. Football Outsiders ranks Cincinnati’s pass blocking higher at 16. Center Ted Karras is the only Bengals offensive linemen ranked above average at pass blocking per PFF, 4th out of 39. No Bengals were ranked by ESPN's PBWR metric.
Buffalo's defensive front seven enters the divisional series with an above average pass rush. Pro Football Focus grades the Bills pass rush sixth, ESPN's pass rush win rate ranks Buffalo 11th, and Football Outsiders ranks the Bills pass defense 21st. Five of the seven Bills front seven grade above average per PFF. Linebacker Matt Milano is the highest ranked pass rusher on this defense, fifth out of 47. Buffalo doesn't have a healthy player on ESPN's PRWR ranking.
San Francisco 49ers -9.7 vs Dallas Cowboys
49ers pass block 5th PFF, 10th FO, 20th ESPN
Cowboys pass rush 2nd PFF, 2nd FO, 2nd ESPN
TOP PASS BLOCKING ADVANTAGES
Buffalo Bills +11 vs Bengals
Chiefs Pass Blocking +9.7 vs Jaguars
Buffalo Bills +11 vs Cincinnati Bengals
According to our NFL Betting/Props Cheat Sheet, Buffalo has the highest pass blocking advantage this weekend. Although Pro Football Focus grades the Bills so low at 22nd overall, Football Outsiders ranks the Bills seventh and ESPN ranks Buffalo fourth at their pass block win rate rankings. Tackle Dion Dawkins is the highest rated offensive lineman for the Bills according to PFF. Dawkins is graded 12th of 82, the rest of Buffalo's offensive line grades average to below average. ESPN doesn't have a single player from Buffalo in their top 10 ranking for PBWR
The Bengals have the lowest pass rush average of the eight teams that are left. Pro Football Focus grades Cincinnati the highest at 17, followed by ESPN who ranks the Bengals 21st at pass rush win rate, and Football Outsiders ranks the Bengals the lowest at 28th. Edge rusher Trey Hendrickson did make ESPN's pass rush win rate ranking last week, ranking fourth. PFF grades two of the Bengals front seven in the top 10 at pass rush. Edge rusher Trey Hendrickson grades sixth out of 115 and defensive tackle D.J. Reader grades sixth out of 104 at pass rush. The other five Bengals grade average to below average at pass rush.
Kansas City Chiefs +9.7 vs Jacksonville Jaguars
Kansas City enters the Divisional round with the third best pass blocking offensive line according to our NFL/Props Cheat Sheet. Pro Football Focus grades the Chiefs the lowest, ninth at pass blocking followed by Football Outsiders with a ranking of fifth. Last week ESPN's pass block win rate metric ranked the Chiefs #1 overall with four of the five Chiefs offensive linemen ranking in the top 10 of PBWR. Joe Thuney #1 and Trey Smith fourth at guard, Andrew Wylie ninth at tackle, and Creed Humphries #1 at center. PFF also grades four of the five Kansas City offensive linemen in the top 30 at pass blocking this week. Creed Humphries third out of 39 centers, Joe Thuney #1 and Trey Smith 28th guard out of 74, Orlando Brown Jr 22nd tackle out of 82.
Jacksonville must find a way to slow down Kansas City's offense. Pro Football Focus and ESPN's pass rush win rate rank Jacksonville pretty high at seventh and eighth overall, but Football Outsiders has little faith in the Jaguars ranking them 29th. PFF grades three of the Jaguars front seven in the top 20 at pass rushing. Linebacker Foyesade Oluokun grades ninth out of 85, edge rushers Josh Allen 18th out of 115, and defensive tackle Davon Hamilton 19th out of 104. The other four starts rank average to below average at pass rushing. Jacksonville didn't have any players on ESPN's PRWR rankings.
By Ben Martinez & Chris Dell
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