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Cowboys O-Line Allowed NFL’s Fewest Sacks; Can They Repeat w/o Frederick?

It's hardly that the have one of the best offensive lines in the . But as one stat-driven outlet reminded us today just how good the group was last year, it leads to the ongoing speculation of the the Cowboys' line will perform in 2020 without at .

The following tweet from shared a delightful nugget about the 2019 Cowboys :

https://twitter.com/PFF_Cowboys/status/1275810150993936384

The Cowboys passing was credited with allowing 23 overall; an excellent number which had them with the 2nd-lowest sacks allowed in the NFL. Based on their analysis, PFF is only attributing eight of those to the offensive line.

The other 15 sacks likely came from a variety of factors. Tight ends and running backs are also involved in pass blocking, and of course the has a lot to do with it. Some sacks happen because he held the ball too long or moved the wrong way in the pocket.

Clearly, though, Dallas is did a great job overall in avoiding sacks on . But with All-Pro center Travis Frederick's this , can they maintain that same performance in 2020?

The good news is that the Frederick of 2019 wasn't the same player we knew from 2013-2017. He was still very solid, but even Travis admitted he wasn't playing up to his usual standard. So replacing Frederick isn't quite as daunting as it was a few years ago.

The Cowboys have some good options there in veteran and young prospects and . Among those three, somebody should emerge who can keep the line solvent and competitive.

Additionally, we're hoping on 3rd-year improvement from . If we get the expected growth at that position while still having the great on the other side, whoever plays center in 2020 is going to be well supported.

Protecting the quarterback is a hallmark of just about any playoff contending team. The Dallas Cowboys have been on of the league's best at it for a while now, and hopefully their offensive line changes won't lessen that advantage this season.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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