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TOP PASS RUSH ADVANTAGES
Bengals -12.3 vs Ravens Pass Rush
Seahawks -9.3 at 49ers Pass Rush
Dolphins -9.3 vsBills Pass Rush
Cincinnati Bengals -12.3 vs Baltimore Ravens
These two teams will face off again after playing each other last week to finish the regular season. Cincinnati once again is at a disadvantage with their pass protection according to our NFL Betting/Props Cheat Sheet. Both Pro Football Focus and ESPN's pass block win rate rank the Bengals pass blocking 30th overall, while Football Outsiders rank Cincinnati 16th. ESPN didn't have a single Bengals offensive linemen ranked in the top 10 of either of the three positions. PFF grades Center Ted Karras the fourth best pass blocker at his position, the rest of the Bengals offensive line grades below average at pass blocking.
Baltimore ranks slightly above average at rushing the passer according to our NFL Betting/Props Cheat Sheet. Pro Football Focus grades them 16th out of the 32 teams, ESPN has three Ravens one spot lower at 17th, and Football Outsiders ranks Baltimore the highest at sixth overall. PFF grades linebacker Patrick Queen the ninth best pass rusher at his position, along with defensive tackle Calais Campbell 25th out of 105 at pass rushing. The Ravens also have three other players in their front seven grading above average at pass rushing as well. ESPN doesn't have any Baltimore players in their pass rush win rate top 10 at either position.
Seattle Seahawks -9.3 at 49ers Pass Rush
Seahawks pass block 20th PFF, 26th FO, 8th ESPN
49ers pass rush 5th PFF, 16th FO, 5th ESPN
Miami Dolphins -9.3 at Buffalo Bills
Dolphins pass block 31st PFF, 11th FO, 24th ESPN
Bills pass rush 6th PFF, 21st FO, 11th ESPN
TOP PASS BLOCKING ADVANTAGES
Ravens Pass Blocking +12 at Bengals
49ers Pass Blocking +10 vs Seahawks
Jaguars Pass Blocking +8.7 vs Chargers
Baltimore Ravens +12 at Cincinnati Bengals
Our NFL Betting/Props Cheat Sheet has Baltimore tied with Tampa Bay as the highest ranked pass blocking average this week. Pro Football Focus grades the Ravens pass blocking second overall out of 32 teams to finish the season. ESPN also ranked Baltimore's offensive line high at pass blocking, sixth overall. Football Outsiders ranked the Ravens the lowest, 22nd. Guard Ben Powers ranked 10th on ESPN's pass block win rate ranking at his position. Powers is also the second highest graded guard at his position according to PFF. Kevin Zeitler is the fifth highest graded guard, and Ronnie Stanley is the eighth highest graded tackle out of 80.
Cincinnati ranks as a below average pass rushing team according to our NFL Betting/Props Cheat Sheet. Football Outsiders ranks the Bengals the lowest at 28 out of 32 teams, followed by ESPN's who ranks Cincinnati 21st, and Pro Football Focus grades Cincinnati the highest at 17th. The Bengals pass rush is led by edge rusher Trey Hendrickson who grades as the fourth best pass rusher at his position. Defensive tackle D.J. Reader grades high as well, fifth out of 105 at his position. The other five players on Cincinnati front seven grade below average at pass rush. ESPN's pass rush win rate ranking ranks edge rusher Trey Hendrickson fourth at his position.
San Francisco 49ers +10 vs Seattle Seahawks
San Francisco has a pretty inconsistent ranking this week. Pro Football Focus grades the 49ers the highest at fifth overall, while ESPN's pass block win rate ranking ranks San Francisco the lowest at 20th, Football Outsiders ranks the 49ers 10th. Tackle Trent Williams has the highest grade of the five San Francisco offensive linemen, grading the sixth best tackle out of 80. Center Jake Brendel grades as the eighth best center out of 39. Two of the other three offensive linemen grade below average at pass blocking. ESPN doesn't have a single 49er on their pass block win rate rankings at any position.
This young Seahawks defense enters wildcard weekend one of the lowest ranked pass rushing front seven this week. Pro Football Focus grades the Seahawks 27th at pass rush, ESPN pass rush win rate ranking has Seattle 28th, but Football Outsiders loves this young group of defenders ranking them 10th overall. ESPN doesn't have any Seahawks ranked on their PRWR ranking at either position. PFF has two Seahawks graded above average at pass rush defense, two graded average, and the other three are graded below average.
Jacksonville Jaguars +8.7 vs Los Angeles Chargers
Jaguars pass block 6th PFF, 3rd FO, 31th ESPN
Chargers pass rush 25th PFF, 11th FO, 30th ESPN
By Ben Martinez & Chris Dell
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