Sacks allowed by Bengals offensive line

Last week, the AFC North blog had a post on Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton taking too many sacks. David from Boston then sent a note to the mailbag asking who is responsible for the other Bengals' sacks.

Assigning sacks allowed is very subjective because no one can accurately place blame on an offensive lineman, tight end or running back unless they know the assignments and blocking scheme called. But the people at Pro Football Focus and Pro Football Weekly (which sadly announced its demise a few days ago) do a great job at tracking the sacks given up by offensive linemen.

According to both sites, right tackle Andre Smith led the Bengals with seven sacks allowed, which is about 15 percent of Cincinnati's total. In comparison, Pro Football Focus said Dalton was responsible for taking nine sacks last season.

Here's an offensive line breakdown of sacks allowed for the Bengals:

LT Andrew Whitworth

Pro Football Focus: 5 sacks and no quarterback hits

Pro Football Weekly: 4 sacks

LG Clint Boling

Pro Football Focus: 6 sacks and two QB hits

Pro Football Weekly: 6 sacks

C Trevor Robinson/Kyle Cook

Pro Football Focus: 1 sack and three QB hits/3 sacks and no hits

Pro Football Weekly: 2 sacks/3 sacks

RG Kevin Zeitler

Pro Football Focus: 4 sacks and one QB hit

Pro Football Weekly: 4.5 sacks

RT Andre Smith

Pro Football Focus: 7 sacks and two QB hits

Pro Football Weekly: 7.5 sacks