Where Titans Offensive Line Ranks Among NFL’s Most Overrated

Where Titans Offensive Line Ranks Among NFL’s Most Overrated
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The Tennessee Titans playoff chances came crashing down to earth last year after a three-year playoff run, falling to 7-10 and leaving more questions than answers at year’s end.  

Much of that futility stemmed from the Titans’ lack of production in the trenches, with the team finishing the year with a -61 point differential and bottom-third rankings in most offensive categories.  

To determine where the Titans’ line ranks leaguewide, BetTennessee.com utilized Pro-Football-Reference.com to gather the total amount of sacks allowed by the team. The team with the least sacks allowed was awarded 32 points down to 1 point for the team with the most sacks allowed. 

We then gathered the approximate value of each offensive line unit (only 10 offensive line members with the most games played) via Pro-Football-Reference.com. Once again, we awarded 32 points to the team with the most approximate value to 1 point for the least approximate value.  

Once getting a total number of points for each team, we divided Spotrac.com’s cap hit from the 2022-23 season for the total 10 offensive line members over the total points for the two above categories. We were then given the amount of salary paid per point given to arrive at our NFL offensive line units ranked 1st to 32nd based on value.  

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NFL’s Most Overvalued Offensive Lines

RankTeamPoint TotalO-Line Cap Hit$$ Per Point Total
32 Indianapolis Colts 8$40,736,011$5,092,001
31 Denver Broncos 8$40,388,867$5,048,608
30 Los Angeles Rams 6$16,255,031$2,709,172
29 Tennessee Titans 11$28,152,022$2,559,275
28 New York Jets 18$41,702,565$2,316,809
27 Arizona Cardinals 20$41,627,217$2,081,361
26 Washington Commanders14$27,904,356$1,993,168
25 Houston Texans 48$37,225,167$1,772,627
24 New York Giants 23$27,387,909$1,089,293
23 Baltimore Ravens 35$31,529,483$710,443
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Titans Line Needs To Return To Form Big Time In 2023

It’s not a stretch to say that the lion’s share of the Titans’ problems a year ago started and ended with the offensive line unit.  

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Tennessee wrapped up the year with the third lowest point total of any NFL team, at 11, ahead of the Rams (six points), Broncos and Colts (eight points apiece) — illustrating how far the unit has fallen since manhandling the league between 2019 and 2021.  

The Titans’ lack of OL production looks even worse when you factor in the salary cap hit that the team’s linemen had in 2022-23 ($28,152,022), leaving a dollar-per-point total of $2,559,275.  

That sum was the fourth highest in the league, with only the Colts ($5,092,001), Broncos ($5,048,608) and Rams ($2,709,172) producing a higher sum on the gridirons of the NFL a year ago.  

That lack of offensive line productivity is a major reason why oddsmakers at BetMGM Sportsbook Tennessee have the Titans at +220 to make it to the playoffs this year (to -275 that they don’t), showing how far the team has fallen from their heyday of two years ago when they went 12-5 and took the NFL by storm.

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Christopher Boan writes for BetTennessee.com and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.