The Jacksonville Jaguars only scored nine points against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, and they even gifted the opponent seven points thanks to a Blake Bortles pick-six interception.
But even in the midst of an anemic offense yesterday, the Jaguars offensive line probably played their best game of the season.
According to Pro Football Focus, every member of the offensive line scored a positive post-game grade for the first time this season. That's a far cry from Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles when every offensive lineman scored a negative grade.
Rookie right guard Brandon Linder led the group with 1.9 rating and third-year right tackle Austin Pasztor was right behind him with a 1.8 rating. Second-year left tackle Luke Joeckel graded out with a 1.3 rating despite some struggles in run blocking. Rookie center Luke Bowanko (0.5) and veteran left guard Zane Beadles (0.4) rounded out the group with nearly identical scores.
In fact, Pro Football Focus only credit one member of the group, Pasztor, with a sack. No hurries, no hits on the quarterback, just one sack all game against a very decent Steelers pass rush.
With only eight seasons of play between all five offensive linemen, we knew it was going to be an uphill battle. And run blocking is still certainly a concern, although Toby Gerhart isn't doing the group any favors with only 2.6 yards per carry and one touchdown through five games.
But it's good to see that they're doing well overall, and that their strength is pass protection for a rookie quarterback who will be making only his third start this weekend against the Tennessee Titans.