John Madden and the Award's Purple Ribbon Panel narrowed the list to five (5) finalists: the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, NEW YORK JETS, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES and TENNESSEE TITANS.
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"A lot of hours and analysis have gone into pairing down our list of contending offensive lines into a list of five finalists," said John Madden. "Criteria for selecting the ultimate winner will take into account a combination of analysis from me and our Purple Ribbon Panel, offensive line performance statistics and fan voting. It's not going to be easy to select the winner. We've seen a lot of hard work from offensive lines around the league this year."
All season long Madden has been closely tracking the top offensive lines in the NFL with a select group of NFL Network experts that comprise the Purple Ribbon Panel. This group includes NFL Network analysts JAMIE DUKES, MARSHALL FAULK, STEVE MARIUCCI and NFL Network host RICH EISEN.
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