1. Guard – Quenton Nelson
The offensive line has been rocky, to say the least through the first three games. Matt Ryan has been sacked 12 times this season and hit many more. However, you can not put much of the blame on the shoulders of four-time Pro Bowl, Quenton Nelson. He truly is the anchor of this line. He rarely loses any battles on the line and constantly pancakes defenders. Nelson is one of the best linemen in the NFL.
That was evident on the night before the season when Indianapolis made Nelson the highest-paid guard of all time. Indy extended Big Q to a four-year contract worth $80 million. He continues to show why he’s worth that much.
Quenton Nelson was tasked with blocking the stout defensive line of the Kansas City Chiefs, headlined by All-Pro Chris Jones and Frank Clark. Nelson stood his ground and did his job to try to keep the jersey of Matt Ryan clean. He has been the most consistent one on the Colts’ line so far this season.
The line has not been very good as a whole and has not given Matt Ryan the time he needs to get the ball out. If the rest of the line can start playing like Nelson, they will be okay. We have seen flashes of this offensive line playing well, and we have succeeded. At the end of the day, the line is the most important aspect of the game. If we can control it moving forward, we will be okay.