Best Back-Up Offensive Line in the NFL?

The MVPs of Thursday night's win over the Steelers may have been a group of faceless monsters.

It's one thing for Jason Peters and the starting Eagles' offensive line to bully around the Steelers' pass rushers and run stuffers.

It's another for the back-up crew to do it as well.

As the first two Eagles teams moved up and down the field at will, Mark Sanchez led two third-quarter touchdown drives surrounded by bench players, all against the Steelers' starting defense.

Pittsburgh's starters played the third quarter, entirely against Eagle back-ups. It was in this quarter that Mark Sanchez completed seven of nine passes for 85 yards, good for a 106.0 rating. Sanchez was not sacked once behind the line, with David Molk, Matt Tobin and Andrew Gardner watching the blind side.

The run-blocking also looked stellar, blocking on nine carries for 36 yards (4.0 YPA). Taking away a busted Kenjon Barner run for a loss of six, and the Eagles improve to 5.25 YPA in these circumstances. Matthew Tucker, who had both touchdowns behind this line against the starting D, ran for 31 yards on six carries (5.12 YPA) in the third.

The best blocking play was on one of Tucker's runs, where 2012 fifth-round draft pick Dennis Kelly laid out rookie first-round linebacker Ryan Shazier. There's something to be said about rookies hitting a learning wall, but more can be said about Jeff Stoutland's line schemes and the team's general preparation.

Behind this line, the Eagles averaged a touchdown every 70 yards gained in the third quarter.

After playing decently against Chicago and New England's back-ups, the back-up Eagles line proved itself mighty against real competition. Nobody wants to see Peters or Evan Mathis or the like get hurt, but the men behind them seem game to step in.

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