LG: Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts
C: Ryan Kelly, Indianapolis Colts
Against the Cleveland Browns, 2x First-Team All-Pro offensive guard Quenton Nelson earned a +80.5 grade overall—highlighted by a +88.9 pass blocking grade:
Nelson finding work & knocking the DT over a gap pic.twitter.com/FAb9PnBWds— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) October 13, 2020
Quenton Nelson vs. Myles Garrett. This is special. pic.twitter.com/bSYxAPKkuF— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) October 13, 2020
On the season, Nelson has a +77.4 grade overall (9th best among all offensive guards), as he’s allowed 1 QB pressure but 0 sacks.
Meanwhile, his interior partner-in-crime, reigning Pro Bowl center Ryan Kelly, earned a +91.1 grade overall on a career afternoon—including a +95.2 run blocking grade:
Ryan Kelly earned a 91.1 PFF grade on Sunday, the highest single-game grade of his career! pic.twitter.com/muLoy1dtAC— PFF IND Colts (@PFF_Colts) October 12, 2020
During 2020, Kelly has surrendered 2 QB pressures but also like Nelson, 0 sacks.
He’s currently ranked as PFF’s 5th best center with a +76.6 grade overall.
It goes without saying, but the Colts have one of the best guard to center interior pairings in the entire NFL, as both Nelson and Kelly are among the top players at their respective positions.
In starting left tackle Anthony Castonzo’s absence, the Colts collectively struggled in pass protection—as Browns’ All-Pro pass rusher Myles Garrett proved to be too much of a handful off the edge for replacement left tackle Le’Raven Clark (which was hardly surprising) in Sunday’s loss.
That being said, both Nelson and Kelly quietly had standout games for the Colts individually—and will look to keep that momentum going this weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals’ front seven.