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Sorry Jason Peters, the Eagles don't have the best offensive line in the NFL

Jason Peters says the Philadelphia Eagles have a better offensive line than the Dallas Cowboys, but neither have the best line in the NFL.

The Dallas Cowboys have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, but they aren't nearly as strong as the Philadelphia Eagles, according to offensive tackle Jason Peters.

The seven-time Pro Bowler told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he's fed up with the hype around the Dallas offensive line and that the Eagles don't get nearly enough praise, despite helping to bulldoze a trail for LeSean McCoy during the 2013 season, which finished with McCoy leading the NFL in rushing.

DeMarco Murray led the NFL in rushing in 2014 during his time with the Cowboys before joining the Eagles in free agency, but Peters still believes the Eagles' offensive line is far superior.

"They're the Cowboys," Peters said. "Everything they do is pumped up. It's America's Team. Everything they do is overemphasized. When Shady [LeSean McCoy] was the leading rusher, they weren't saying we were the best offensive line. Don't get me wrong, they're a good, solid offensive line. But guy for guy, they can't touch us."

The pair of offensive lines face some challenges before the beginning of the 2015 season, though. The Cowboys have to replace the contributions of swing tackle Jermey Parnell, who joined the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency, and the Eagles have to move on without guards Todd Herremans and Evan Mathis.

It's possible though that the best offensive line belongs to neither the Eagles nor the Cowboys, though. The Baltimore Ravens have a claim to that title.

NFL's top offensive lines

1. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens and the Denver Broncos were the only two teams to allow fewer than 20 sacks in 2014. The difference that sets Baltimore apart though, is the team's strong run blocking to match. While keeping Joe Flacco upright all season, the Ravens offensive line helped Justin Forsett to 1,266 yards, eight touchdowns and his first-ever trip to the Pro Bowl.

With young, ascending talent like Kelechi Osemele and Ricky Wagner, the Ravens don't have much reason to expect a drop-off in play for 2015 either.

2. Dallas Cowboys

Sorry, Mr. Peters, but the Cowboys hype is justified on the offensive line.

While the loss of Parnell shouldn't be discounted, the team still returns its entire starting unit and that features some elite, young players. Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin are all first-round picks from the last five drafts and all three have made strong contributions during their young careers.

Even undrafted free agent Ronald Leary from 2012 has developed into a solid player in his first three seasons in the NFL.

3. Green Bay Packers

The Packers return the same offensive line group in 2015 and made re-signing Bryan Bulaga a top priority. While 30 sacks allowed isn't an elite number, it's still better than the league average and the team averaged 4.4 yards per carry on the way to the most points in the NFL.

With T.J. Lang, Josh Sitton and Corey Linsley comprising one of the best interior lines in the NFL, the Packers promise to provide Eddie Lacy with plenty of running room in 2015.

4. Cleveland Browns

The Browns had a pair of studs holding down the left side of the offensive line with Joe Thomas and Joel Bitonio at left tackle and left guard, respectively.

While the protection along the rest of the line wasn't as strong and led to 31 sacks, the Browns will have Alex Mack back at center after losing him to a broken leg and add first-round pick Cameron Erving to the mix, too.

5. Philadelphia Eagles

The loss of Mathis could be a big deal for the Eagles and it's the questions along the interior of the line that keeps the Eagles from earning a higher spot. Jason Peters and Lane Johnson are a strong pair of bookend tackles, but Mathis was the best lineman along the interior.

Jason Kelce is still a bright positive that keeps the Eagles in the top five of the NFL, but Murray might not have as much running room between the tackles as he did in Dallas.