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New York's offensive line is second to none

The Giants' offensive line is ranked No. 1 thanks to the unit's production and no-nonsense attitude, according to Scouts Inc.

Originally Published: December 30, 2008
By Doug Kretz | Scouts Inc.

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The 2008 playoffs are loaded with strong rushing attacks, but the Giants are the only team to have two 1,000-yard rushers: Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward. The Titans have allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL, despite having the immobile Kerry Collins under center. Here's how we rank the offensive lines of the playoff teams.

The first thing that jumps out when you look at the Giants' offensive line is its ability to create holes for the ground game. The Giants led the league with an average of 5.0 yards per carry and had two 1,000-yard rushers. They are smart, athletic and powerful. This unit makes very few mistakes and reflects its head coach because it is no-nonsense and is all about getting the job done. The group has worked together for a long time.

The Titans may have the most athletic offensive line in the NFL, but C Kevin Mawae, who has been in the league for 15 seasons, is the only lineman who has more than five years of experience. This young group has developed a great sense of teamwork and consistency. The Titans' Offensive line has given up the fewest number of sacks in the NFL (12) and does an excellent job of protecting the pocket. Their bookend tackles, Michael Roos and David Stewart, anchor one of the best lines in the NFL.

The Vikings have one of the most powerful offensive lines in the league. They are definitely a left-handed team when it comes to running and are more of a smashmouth unit than a finesse group of blockers. C Matt Birk is the quarterback of this group and makes sure everyone is on the same page. The left side, with Bryant McKinnie at tackle and Steve Hutchinson at guard, can dominate. The Vikings average 4.5 yards per carry, which is sixth-best in the NFL, but they have given up 43 sacks -- seventh-most in the NFL and second-most of all the postseason teams.

Scouts Inc. watches games, breaks down film and studies football from all angles for ESPN.com.

A career NFL scout, Doug Kretz spent 19 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, one each with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins and three with the Cleveland Browns. A soccer player in college at Seattle Pacific University, Kretz spent four years as football and soccer coach at Newport High School in Bellevue, Wash., before joining the Seahawks.

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