Much of the Raiders improvement from woebegone 4-12 team to scrappy 7-9 outfit rests on the broad shoulders of the NFL’s heaviest offensive line.
After allowing 52 sacks and 89 quarterback hits in 2018, Tom Cable’s offensive front allowed just 29 sacks and a league-low 52 quarterback hits in 2019.
By Football Outsiders’ advanced metrics like adjusted line yards and adjusted sack rate, the Raiders ranked No. 5 and 6 in the league, respectively, despite many of their starters battling injury throughout the season.
There are many reasons for the jump from 2018 to 2019.