PFF: Three Buffalo Bills Pass Protectors Standing Out

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills runs late in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 38-35. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Yesterday, we briefly touched on the fact that the folks at ProFootballFocus.com have the Buffalo Bills as the highest-rated NFL team in a metric called pass blocking efficiency. That metric assigns a value to pressures surrendered (three-quarters of the value given to a sack), tallies everything up, and relates it to the number of reps spent in pass protection.

PFF has fleshed out their pass blocking efficiency data through Week 3, and it's revealed more great things for the Bills - specifically Demetrius Bell, Erik Pears and Andy Levitre.

Bell, much-maligned throughout his career, is currently the NFL's best pass-blocking left tackle per PFF, who have him down for giving up three pressures in 114 pass-blocking snaps. Pears, the journeyman everyone wanted to replace with Tyson Clabo (including the Bills), is the second-rated right tackle in the NFL, again surrendering just three pressures. (No, he does not trail Clabo.)

Levitre comes in at No. 5 on the list of pass-blocking guards, and PFF has him down for one pressure allowed in 114 snaps. As a unit, this Bills offensive line will once again have its work cut out for it, facing a strong Cincinnati Bengals pass-rushing front on Sunday.

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