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The Buffalo Bills' young and very impressive offensive line has helped pave the way for the team's No. 3-ranked rushing attack during their 2-1 start.
It's been talked about a lot, but this is a story so refreshing that it's worth cracking open again: the offensive line of the Buffalo Bills has been lights out through the team's first three games of the 2012 season.
The six linemen that the Bills use on game day - rookie left tackle Cordy Glenn, left guard Andy Levitre, center Eric Wood, right guard Kraig Urbik and right tackles Erik Pears and Chris Hairston - have been remarkably cohesive and at times dominant during the Bills' 2-1 start. The Bills are averaging 178 rushing yards per game, good for the third-best average in the league at the moment.
Perhaps more impressively, the Bills have not yet allowed a quarterback sack on Ryan Fitzpatrick. The stats lie: the one play that went down as a sack was a ball that slipped out of Fitzpatrick's hand last week in Cleveland, but the quarterback was untouched on that play. Buffalo's offensive line has not given up a sack, and the hits on Fitzpatrick have been few and far between.
Each player has flashed dominance at times. Levitre was a stud in the first two games. Glenn was dominant in the run game in Week 2. Wood is consistently improving, Hairston has looked great in the running game, Pears has been his usual self in pass protection, and Urbik is coming off of a monster performance in Cleveland, where he looked better than he has at any point in his impressive young career in Buffalo.
The Bills are 2-1 in large part because of the outstanding play of their offensive line today. Cheers to you, Misters Glenn, Levitre, Wood, Urbik, Pears and Hairston. Keep up the good work against Vince Wilfork and company this weekend.