FLOWERY BRANCH – Pro Football Hall of Fame coach John Madden has selected the offensive Line of the Atlanta Falcons as the Week 10 winner of his Most Valuable Protectors award.
Every week between now and the end of the regular season, Madden will recognize one NFL offensive line as theweek’s top performing unit. Ultimately, the NFL’s best offensive line for the 2010 season will be announced at Super Bowl XLV in North Texas and receive the 2nd annual Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award presented by Prilosec OTC
Madden noted that the offensive line has played well and helped the Falcons win three straight games and seven of their last eight.
This is the second time this season that the Falcons’ offensive line has been recognized as a weekly winner.
The Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award recognizes the fundamental role offensive linemen play in their teams’ success by providing consistent and reliable protection.
Atlanta’s offensive line, which is coach by Paul Boudreau and Paul Dunn, was outstanding as the Falcons dominated the first-half, holding the ball for more than 21 minutes and seizing a 10-0 halftime lead. All three of the Atlanta touchdowns came as the result of scoring drives of 75 yards or longer in the 26-21 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. The unit also did not commit a penalty the entire night.
“The Atlanta offensive line has been solid all season with both their protection of Matt Ryan and their run blocking,” Madden said. “The Falcons line consistently plays smart, physical football without committing many penalties and rarely allowing opposing teams time to pressure the quarterback. The ability of the Atlanta offensive line to protect Matt Ryan is one of the biggest reasons Atlanta owns the best record in the NFC.”
The Falcons’ offensive line consists of tackles SAM BAKER (Southern California) and TYSON CLABO (Wake Forest), guards JUSTIN BLALOCK (Texas) and HARVEY DAHL (Nevada-Reno) and center TODD McCLURE (Louisiana State).
Rookie center JOE HAWLEY (UNLV) and tackle WILL SVITEK (Stanford) also saw action in the game against Baltimore.
Other offensive lines from around the league delivering powerful protection during Week 10 of the season included the DENVER BRONCOS (452 total yards, including 299 passing yards); JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (326 total passing yards and 165 yards on the ground); NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (350 total passing yards); and the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (592 yards of total offense, including 260 yards on the ground).