The Dallas Cowboys have the top offensive line in football. That’s the general consensus, at least.
But is that unit actually the best in football? And if so, is it the best by leaps and bounds?
“Well, it’s interesting,” NFL Hall of Fame offensive lineman Anthony Munoz said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I kind of laugh because it’s always Dak this, Dak that, Zeke this, Zeke that. But they don’t (point out that) they have two kind of elite offensive linemen on that offensive line.”
Munoz didn’t specifically mention those two linemen by name, but with Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, Tyron Smith, Doug Free and Ronald Leary leading the way, take your pick. Still, Munoz, an 11-time Pro Bowler and first-ballot Hall of Famer, isn’t convinced that Dallas’ line is head and shoulders above every other O-Line in the league.
“In my humble opinion, I don’t think it’s the best by leaps and bounds because there’s such a fine line,” he said, “even between the teams that are 10-2, 9-3 and then you look at maybe 4-6. There’s such a fine line between them. I think it’s the same with this offensive line, but they are very, very talented.”
They are also, in part, why Elliott and Prescott are both MVP candidates. Elliott leads the NFL in rushing with 1,285 yards – in fact, he’s one of just three tailbacks with more than 1,000 yards and the only one with more than 1,050 – and he’s just one rushing touchdown behind LeGarrette Blount for the league lead. Blount has 13, while Elliott, who is averaging 4.9 yards per carry, has 12.
Prescott, meanwhile, has completed 67.9 percent of his passes – fifth-best in football – for 2,984 yards, 19 touchdowns and just two interceptions, which is the second-fewest in football behind Tom Brady (minimum 300 attempts).
“Dak Prescott is playing amazing as a rookie. Zeke Elliott is playing amazing as a rookie,” Munoz said. “But when you have those gaping holes to run through and you have all day to throw the football, I think that helps.”
Dallas (11-1), which has won 11 straight, plays the Giants on the road this Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET. New York beat Dallas, 20-19, in Week 1.