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Four Rams Offensive Linemen on PFF Team of the Week

Pro Football Focus updated its ‘Week 1 Team of the Week’ following Monday Night Football’s double header.

The team now includes four members of the Rams’ offensive line: LT Andrew Whitworth, LG Rodger Saffold, RG Austin Blythe, and RT Rob Havenstein.

The offensive line proved protective on Monday night, allowing just one sack and two quarterback hurries — dominating Raiders rushers and PFF’s rankings.

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There was a bit of question surrounding the Rams’ offensive line entering Week 1, with Blythe filling in at right guard for the suspended Jamon Brown. Blythe proved capable in Week 1, producing 100-percent pass-blocking efficiency, according to PFF.

Here is PFF’s grade and analysis for each offensive lineman:

LT Andrew Whitworth, Los Angeles Rams 84.5

(Previous LT prior to MNF: David Bakhtiari, Green Bay Packers 84.1)

“The Rams offensive line as a unit was fantastic, and that starts with Whitworth. He allowed just one hurry, and no hits or sacks, for 36 pass-blocking snaps in the win over the Raiders.”

LG Rodger Saffold, Los Angeles Rams 86.4

(Previous LG prior to MNF: Ali Marpet, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 82.4)

“Saffold produced a perfect 100.0 pass-blocking efficiency, with no pressures allowed all game. He also impressed as a run-blocker, producing the highest run-blocking grade among offensive guards this week.”

RG Austin Blythe, Los Angeles Rams 87.0

(Previous RG prior to MNF: Kyle Long, Chicago Bears 81.4)

“Saffold’s teammate was our second-highest graded run-blocking guard this week, trailing only his teammate. Similarly, he too produced a perfect 100.0 pass-blocking efficiency rating, with no pressures allowed all game.”

RT Rob Havenstein, Los Angeles Rams 83.5

(Previous RT prior to MNF: Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles 76.7)

“Like Whitworth, Havenstein didn’t allow any sacks or hits, and just one hurry, from 36 pass-blocking snaps. That’s an impressive duo, with quarterback Jared Goff having to deal with just two pressures against his tackles over the course of the game.”

Havenstein also came up with a big fumble recovery on Monday night. Quarterback Jared Goff was stripped and sacked by Raiders’ OLB Bruce Irvin in the second quarter. The ball bounced around in a scrum before Havenstein secured it — giving the Rams a shot at a field goal on the drive.

The four Rams were joined by Broncos center Matt Paradis on the week’s best offensive line.

For the entire PFF team of the week, click here.

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