Unfortunately the offensive line is one of the toughest jobs in all of sports. They get most of the blame for a loss and none of the credit on a win. To tip people off on a little secret, the NFL coaches watch the line of scrimmage. They don’t care what goes on in the backfield, on the edges or deep down the field. When they watch the game they see who gets the most penetration on the line of scrimmage.
Think about it. It makes sense.
Teams that control the line of scrimmage win nearly 100-percent of the time. Look at last week for the Indianapolis Colts for example. They couldn’t stop the Miami Dolphins from getting into the backfield in stopping the ground attack and keeping pressure on Andrew Luck.
Today it was a different story.
The San Francisco 49ers couldn’t get in the Colts’ backfield as they only sacked Luck once and the ground game had a near record performance. Indianapolis rushed for 179 yards on 39 attempts with three touchdowns.
What’s remarkable is how physical the 49ers’ defense is and how fearsome Aldon Smith is. He had three sacks in the first two games of the season, and the Colts gave up seven sacks on Luck in their first couple of games. It was a mix that wasn’t very good for Indianapolis.
With the dominating win and how well the entire offense played, everyone from Luck to Ahmad Bradshaw, Trent Richardson, Reggie Wayne or T.Y. Hilton will get all the credit.
The reason, though, is because of the offensive line. They get the game ball this week. They had two of the five starters out and were down to six healthy linemen. They battled through it to win this game at the line of scrimmage against last year’s Super Bowl runner-up and the pick by many to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl for the second straight year.
That takes toughness and guts. If the line plays at this level the rest of the way the Colts should represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru