The Cleveland Browns offensive line has been a nightmare for opposing defensive lines this season.
Heading into Week 4, the Browns have the third-best offensive line in the league, according to Pro Football Focus.
The offensive line was a weak spot for Cleveland last year, but has been their strength three weeks into the 2020 campaign.
The Browns head into their matchup versus the Dallas Cowboys with one of the best rushing attacks in the league.
— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) October 2, 2020
As of right now, Cleveland is tied with the Los Angeles Rams at No. 3 with an average of 170 rushing yards per game.
Both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt deserve plenty of the credit for that stat, but the offensive line has been elite early in the season.
Revamping The O-Line
Addressing the issues at offensive line was a must for the Cleveland front office this offseason.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield was sacked 40 times last season, which is a huge increase from the year prior.
The Browns needed to protect their quarterback better and made the right moves this offseason.
Cleveland went out and made a splash by signing right tackle Jack Conklin to a significant contract.
#Browns new RT Jack Conklin passes his physical and signs his 3-year, $42 million contract
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 20, 2020
They weren’t done there as they also added Jedrick Wills with the No. 10 overall selection in the draft.
The Alabama product was forced to move to left tackle in Cleveland, but has played surprisingly well.
The tackle spots had to be upgraded after what happened in 2019.
Through three games, the Browns offensive line has looked much stronger than the year prior.
Transformation of Wyatt Teller
Last season, the Browns traded two late-round draft picks to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for Wyatt Teller.
Cleveland was desperate for help at right guard, but Teller was still learning the position.
He played left guard in college and with the Bills for eight games before being traded.
Teller struggled last season with the Browns, but he was transitioning to a new position.
He worked hard this offseason on his body and his technique.
It has paid off as Teller is one of the best guards in the league right now.
Top-graded guards through 3 weeks:
1. Ali Marpet – 88.5
2. Michael Onwenu – 87.6
3. Wyatt Teller – 87.5✅
4. Bradley Bozeman – 84.9
5. Joel Bitonio – 84.5✅ pic.twitter.com/LAymX5xoUx
— PFF CLE Browns (@PFF_Browns) September 29, 2020
It is truly impressive how much Teller has changed his game over the course of one offseason.
Plenty of the credit does go to the Browns offensive line coach Bill Callahan.
He is one of the most well-respected coaches in the league and has done a tremendous job with the Browns o-line this season.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Browns offensive line can keep up this type of performance all season long.
This team could very well make the playoffs, assuming the o-line continues to play like this.
We’ll see how they do against the Cowboys during their Week 4 contest.