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.
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:
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.