Normally, judging offensive lines would be a little tough without advanced and detailed stats. In this case, it’s not that hard. By looking at accolades and by the stats, you can see which line leads.
First, the Cowboys took a huge hit with the somewhat unexpected retirement of center Travis Frederick. This caused them to scramble and re-sign Joe Looney to fill in, and draft Tyler Biadasz with hopes he can develop into the eventual starter.
Remaining with the reputable Cowboys line are two Pro Bowlers and one first-team All-Pro from the 2019 season. Pretty much ever since they came into the league, offensive linemen Tyron Smith and Zack Martin have dominated.
By “dominated” I mean a total of 13 Pro Bowl appearances and six first-team All-Pro seasons. That’s what I mean by dominated. And by the way, they haven’t slowed down at all.
While they are both great, Martin stands out the most. He is a four-time All-Pro and made the Pro Bowl every season he has played. I would consider him the best offensive guard in the league since he entered back in 2014.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs have some names, but not as big as the Cowboys. They do have offensive tackles Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher, but the other linemen aren’t as well-known.
At left guard, Dallas’ Connor Williams would be looked at as the “weakest link” although he has played good. It’s a showing of how good everyone else has played. The former second-round pick has been steady, albeit having problems with injuries.
Now starting center for Dallas, Joe Looney isn’t completely new to the position. He filled in for Frederick in 2018 and played alright. The biggest concern was communication, which can be worked on this offseason … hopefully.
At right tackle, one of the most entertaining linemen in La’el Collins. He lives to throw defenders to the ground with force. This monster has played better every season and can make a Pro Bowl very soon.
For the Chiefs, left guard Andrew Wylie played well. He only played in 11 games and had three penalties in those games. The clean and sturdy guard has held his own in the passing game.
Chiefs center Austin Reiter played his first season as a starter and impressed everyone. He played in every game and used his great communication to hold the line for Mahomes. The six penalties committed aren’t much either.
Right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif enjoyed a good season with only four penalties. Remaining healthy has been a problem throughout his career but is a stud when healthy.
Overall both offensive lines are quite good. What separates both is the run blocking for the Chiefs compared to the Cowboys. Both block very well for their quarterbacks, but the Cowboys dominate the run while the Chiefs have struggled.
We can see things change depending on how Looney plays for Dallas. Even then, I’m sure the rest of the line will hold up. It will take a lot for any team’s line to overtake that of the Cowboys.