There’s been a clamoring for it, so each week the Pro Football Focus team is going to be reacting to your insatiable need for snap counts and stats in a live blog-style piece.
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Texans 23 – 17 Jets
Texans Offense: Mentioned on TV was Houston spelling WR, Andre Johnson more. So far this year he’s been in for between 73% and 87% (this week) of snaps. In 2010 he was at 94%.
Texans Defense: What was the plan for replacing the injured Brian Cushing? Well after he went out Bradie James (who normally comes out in nickel) played every snap and Tim Dobbins stepped up to his role. He played 27 snaps after Cushing left, playing only a single snap (in 3-5-3) prior.
Jets Offense: WR, Jeremy Kerley is the new Santonio Holmes. Before his injury Holmes averaged 75% of Jets offensive plays. In his first up role as the Jets #1 WR Kerley had 78%.
Jets Defense: It looked like leading into the season the designated pass rush specialist would be Aaron Maybin. His 13 snaps this week (11 pass rushing) aren’t low comparative to other weeks but maybe gives a good indication the team isn’t that convinced yet.
Texans Offense: With 4.16 yards per route run, Owen Daniels had the second highest amount of any tight end this week.
Texans Defense: With three more batted passes J.J. Watt now has 8 on the year. The most any player managed last year was 9 (Calais Campbell).
Jets Offense: When you discount the drops, batted passes and throwaways Mark Sanchez had an adjusted accuracy percentage of 68%.
Jets Defense: On the plus side the Jets defense missed only two tackles in this one. That’s progress.
Bears 41 – 3 Jaguars
Bears Offense: Before the injury to HB, Matt Forte he had 73% of the snaps in Week 1. For the first time since then, he was back at that level this week with 70%. But for the blow-out nature of the game it might have been even more.
Bears Defense: Garbage time equals back-ups, and as a result linebackers Blake Costanzo and J.T. Thomas, as well as safety Anthony Walters, all saw non-special teams action for the first time.
Jaguars Offense: After his heroic exploits in Weeks 1 and 3 many thought it would be Cecil Shorts picking up Laurent Robinson’s snaps, but as it turned out its rookie free agent, Kevin Elliott. He grabbed 34, including 26 of 38 on passing plays.
Jaguars Defense: After missing the first two weeks and gradually working his way back thereafter, it looks like CB, Derek Cox is at full strength. This is the first game he’s played 100% of snaps.
Bears Offense: While J’Marcus Webb won’t be winning any Pro Bowl nominations just yet he’s moving in the right direction. Only a single hurry given up in this game which now has him allowing three sacks, a hit, eight hurries and two penalties. At the same stage last year he’d given up an extra sack, three hurries and five penalties.
Bears Defense: In his 66 snaps on defense last year Corey Wootton didn’t pick up a single pressure. After this game, on 133 snaps, he’s got three sacks, two hits and six hurries.
Jaguars Offense: The star in a fairly dark Jacksonville sky? Eugene Monroe is our 6th rated left tackle and didn’t give up a single pressure on 38 pass drops against a powerful Bears defensive line.
Jaguars Defense: 11 tackles missed was the worst be the team so far. They now have 34 on the year with Kyle Bosworth (4 misses to 19 made) registering fourth worst at his position in efficiency.
Chargers 24 – 31 Saints
Chargers Offense: Are they hard task masters in San Diego or what? You catch three TDs one week, make one fumble the next and its game over. Since then TE, Dante Rosario’s snaps have declined from 63% in Week 3 to 11% (eight snaps) here.
Chargers Defense: It appeared the Chargers were ramping up LB Melvin Ingram’s snaps week on week. That trend stopped (or at least had a hiatus) in this game, as he had his lowest percentage of the year with 30. That said, his actual pass rush attempts have been reasonably consistent; 17,15,17,21 and now 15.
Saints Offense: With WR Lance Moore out is was Greg Camarillo who took up some of the slack. Moore averages 72% of snaps and Camarillo got 47%, which is 36 snaps — or triple what he’d had so far this year.
Saints Defense: For a defensive end Cameron Jordan is turning into a bit of a work-horse. This is the third game this year he’s played every snap, and he’s missed only five defensive plays in total.
Chargers Offense: Philip Rivers attempted 8 passes over 20 yards, completing four of them for 150 yards.
Chargers Defense: Another game, another no pressure display from Jarret Johnson. That means he’s picked up just one hit through five games.
Saints Offense: Marques Colston picked up 45 yards and a touchdown when lined up in the slot.
Saints Defense: The Saints defense missed 11 tackles.
Seahawks 16 – 12 Panthers
Seahawks Offense: In the battle for playing time among Seahawks wide receivers, nobody ran more routes than Sidney Rice (25), with Golden Tate in second (21). With Doug Baldwin (13) in the slot, there was little opportunity for Braylon Edwards (6) or Ben Obamanu (7).
Seahawks Defense: The Panthers didn’t do a good job of disguising their intentions. The Seahawks got their nickel rushers (Jason Jones and Bruce Irvin) on the field for 41 combined passing plays, and just two combined running snaps.
Panthers Offense: The Panthers’ offense last year moved the ball and seemed to play to the physical strengths of Cam Newton. This year they’ve spread things out and the results just aren’t what they hoped for. They have spent 60.7% of all plays with at least three receivers on the field (a number that was 47.4% last year).
Panthers Defense: It’s more than a little bit impressive that Thomas Davis was able to play 94% of Panthers defensive snaps.
Bills 3 – 45 49ers (last updated 13:30)
Bills Offense: The Bills spent only five plays in either 12 or 21 personnel, and used three or more receiver sets on 87% of plays.
Bills Defense: Heading into the game, Mario Williams had yet to line up on the right side of the line. Well, against the 49ers this changed significantly. He found himself on the right side for 20 plays (30.8% of plays he was on the field for).
49ers Offense: It wasn’t the first time, but Will Tukuafu spent more snaps on the offensive side of the ball (17 snaps) than on defense (5). He matched the play count of Bruce Miller.
49ers Defense: You wouldn’t expect Aldon Smith to drop into coverage very much, nor does he. He spent 17.6% of passing plays in coverage prior to a Bills game where that number was 15.4%.
Bills Offense: So you know Ryan Fitzpatrick’s day didn’t go well. The 126 yards are evidence of that. But did you know on the nine plays he faced pressured he was sacked once, threw a pick and completed only three passes? That gave him a 13.1 QB rating.
Bills Defense: Don’t be down on Mario Williams. He was the only Bills defender to earn a grade in the green, which came on the back of his two hits and two hurries rushing the passer. The total grade of the defense was a pitiful -34.4, one of the lowest grades we’ve ever awarded.
49ers Offense: An easy day at the office for the 49ers’ dominant offensive line. Including the backups that came in, the team had a collective grade of +17.1, helped by allowing no sacks and only one quarterback hit (the other came from Alex Smith holding onto the ball for too long).
49ers Defense: The 49ers’ starting defenders missed only one tackle, while the backups came in and missed three.
Titans 7 – 30 Vikings (last updated 12:35)
Titans Offense: After heavy use in Weeks 1 and 2, Jared Cook’s playing time had been in decline. Without getting back to the highs of the 92% of snaps he played in the opening matchup, his 59% here was a marked increase on his 34% across the past couple of games. It was only 64% of passing plays though.
Titans Defense: What’s happened to PFF “Secret Superstar” Karl Klug? He’s only played 29 snaps the past two weeks, including 17 here. He’s still getting decent pressure when in, but seems to be out of favor.
Vikings Offense: Seeing action on 64% of all plays seems a little light for the “Most Explosive Player in Football ™” (Percy Harvin), but when consider he did get 75% of all passing plays in a blow-out (he didn’t play in the fourth quarter) it all appears more reasonable.
Vikings Defense: Erin Henderson was back but Minnesota decided they could live with Jasper Brinkley as one of their two every-down linebackers for another week. Brinkley played all but the special teams trick play, and Henderson was in for just 29% of defensive snaps.
Titans Offense: While Chris Johnson was poor, he’s not getting much help. 19 of his 24 yards came after contact.
Titans Defense: Slot cornerback Ryan Mouton gave up nothing on the three passes thrown his way, but did defend two passes.
Vikings Offense: On the 7 plays Christian Ponders was pressured his quarterback rating dropped to 38.5 as he scrambled twice, completed two balls, took a sack and threw a pick.
Vikings Defense: Antoine Winfield, Chris Cook and Josh Robinson were in coverage for 139 combined snaps and gave up just 138 yards between them. For the mathematically minded amongst you that’s less than a yard per coverage snap.
Broncos 21 – 31 Patriots (last updated 12:29)
Broncos Offense: After a decline in snaps the past couple of weeks, Willis McGahee was back up to his Week 1 and 2 totals. He was in for 42 snaps (or 66%), after averaging 32 (or 40%) against Houston and Oakland.
Broncos Defense: Von Miller was certainly a force in the game, but he played much less than in previous weeks. He’s never played less than 95% of snaps through Week 4, but managed only 67% here. It meant he rushed the passer on only 22 of a possible 40 drop-backs.
Patriots Offense: The obligatory Wes Welker numbers: 87 snaps (90%) overall and 40 routes (100% of passing plays).
Patriots Defense: Brandon Spikes still struggles a little in coverage, but he’s such a playmaker the Patriots are getting him on the field more and more often. His Week 5 totals of 57 snaps and 85% of defensive snaps were both season highs.
Browns 27 – 41 Giants (last updated 12:16)
Browns Offense: The 85% of offensive snaps Trent Richardson was involved in represented a season high. His use is on the up.
Browns Defense: Did the Giants see the zone blitz coming? The Browns twice dropped Frostree Rucker while overloading the Giants’ right side with a safety (T.J. Ward) and linebacker (Scott Fujita). Both times Manning audibled and hit his tight end in stride for decent gains.
Giants Offense: Receiver Reuben Randle saw a career-high 38 snaps (50%), on which he ran 28 routes to help him to a total 3.15 yards per route run.
Giants Defense: The entire starting secondary played every snap, but no other player did as the Giants used a heavy linebacker rotation that saw five players get double digit snaps.
Browns Offense: Maybe its time to get Jordan Norwood more involved the offense. He caught 9-0f-9 balls thrown his way at a healthy 9 yards per catch.
Browns Defense: Poor old Buster Skrine. In addition to giving up two penalties (it should have been three) he allowed six receptions on nine balls into his coverage for 58 yards and a score.
Giants Offense: The excellent Eli Manning completed eight passes over 10 yards in the air, with one pick that really should have been called pass interference.
Giants Defense: Chase Blackburn walked away with a big interception, but that was about the only thing he was able to hold on to. He got his hands to Trent Richardson four times, only for the Browns’ running back to force a missed tackle (one was nullified by a penalty).
Ravens 9 – 3 Chiefs (last updated 08:30 am)
Ravens Offense: For the first time this year TE Ed Dickson, the Ravens’ blocker(in the liberal use of the term), picked up more snaps (38) than Dennis Pitta (30), the receiver. Regardless, Pitta still ran more routes; 20 compared to Dickson’s 12.
Ravens Defense: The Ravens were in their base defense for 50 of 74 snaps. They were in nickel 23 times and dime once. Consequently, Jimmy Smith (the nickel corner) saw his lowest number of snaps this year — 24.
Chiefs Offense: Despite all the comings and goings in the Chiefs’ backfield, HB Shaun Draughn has played between 22 and 26 snaps in every game so far this year (26 here). However, in this game he carried the ball substantially more — he had 12 runs against a previous high of seven.
Chiefs Defense: Looks like Kansas city may be wanting to let their first-round NT see a bigger slice of the action. His 51 plays equate to 88% of defensive snaps. His most up until now? Last week’s 68%.
Ravens Offense: Rough day for Kelechi Osemele. The rookie right tackle gave up two sacks and five hurries, in addition to two penalties.
Ravens Defense: Despite being on the field for 49 running plays, Ray Lewis only managed three defensive stops. That was two less than Jameel McClain who was in on 10 fewer running plays.
Chiefs Offense: Amid all the mediocrity, Dwayne Bowe managed 3.19 yards per route run (212-yard receiver Reggie Wayne managed 3.59). The downside was he ran only 19 routes. He’s looking as good as ever, only nobody is watching.
Chiefs Defense: Once again the star of the defense was Justin Houston who walked away with eight combined sacks, hits and hurries. It would have been refreshing for Chiefs fans to see Tamba Hali get in on the act with five of his own after his slow start to the year.
Eagles 14 – 16 Steelers (last updated 17:30)
Eagles Offense: The Eagles spent just 36% of play with at least three wide receivers on the field. Heading into the game their season average was 56.4%.
Eagles Defense: He was excellent in limited snaps last year, but for Philip Hunt six snaps is too limited a figure to make an impression. This game marked the first time he’d seen less than double digit snaps, and with Brandon Graham (18) and Daryl Tapp (22) getting substantial opportunities, it’s clear where he is on the depth chart.
Steelers Offense: The return of Rashard Mendenhall to the line-up saw him on the field for 22 snaps. All bar six of those were on running plays.
Steelers Defense: The Steelers have been known to take their time with first-round picks, but giving 2011 first-rounder Cameron Heyward just nine snaps seems a little on the low side. It was, however, an increase on the five plays he got against Oakland.
Eagles Offense: Michael Vick’s rushing stats aren’t up to what you might expect — five runs (two designed and three scrambles), 16 yards and two fumbles. Game-losing numbers.
Eagles Defense: Mychal Kendricks had had a pretty good season to date, but it all went bang in this game. He had twice as many missed tackles (6) as solo ones (3) and set a new benchmark nobody but Tanard Jackson wanted.
Steelers Offense: Why does the QB rating lie? Because it will tell you Ben Roethlisberger had a poor game (72.7). It was anything but, as he efficiently got on with the job of winning despite three crucial dropped passes.
Steelers Defense: James Harrison was back and played every snap, but he was not at his vintage best. That said, three hits on Vick, a hurry and a couple of stops made for a satisfactory return to the office.
Packers 27 – 30 Colts (last updated 08:30 am)
Packers Offense: Randall Cobb got by far his highest number of snaps with 65%. In previous weeks he’s had 53%, 29%, 12% & 48%. He was in the slot for all bar three of his 44 plays.
Packers Defense: B.J. Raji was injured with 11:54 gone in the second — after only 16 snaps. As a result, Mike Neal not only got his first snaps of the year but, at 33 snaps, probably played a lot more than was anticipated early in the day.
Colts Offense: Although TE Dwayne Allen played more snaps (61) than his colleague at the same position, Coby Fleener (55), he ended up in a pass route far less often — 22 routes by Allen compared to 37 for Fleener.
Colts Defense: With Kavell Conner only playing in base formations against a predominantly 11 personnel set, he picked up a season low 19 snaps or 28% of defensive plays. In the Colts last game he was on the field for 75%.
Packers Offense: Aaron Rodgers may want to look to WR Randall Cobb more. He had a perfect 158.3 rating when throwing to him.
Packers Defense: Although the Colts threw for a lot of yards, the most given up was by Tramon Williams (92). However, before you go thinking he wasn’t very good note he was targeted 16 times for those yards and knocked down five.
Colts Offense: The final numbers on Reggie Wayne’s amazing day: Targeted 18 times, caught 13, 212 yards and a TD, with only 35 of those yards coming after the catch.
Colts Defense: Taking over for Vontae Davis, Cassisus Vaughn proved a major upgrade. Targeted six times he gave up only three receptions for a mere 18 yards.
Dolphins 17 – 13 Bengals (last updated 05:10 am)
Dolphins Offense: With Legedu Naanee now Dolphins history, Marlon Moore was the next WR up. He picked up 19 snaps, or 29%, a tad down on Naanee’s average of 40%. Anthony Armstrong got only a single snap, and it was in a four-WR package.
Dolphins Defense: With CB Richard Marshall out, Miami did indeed turn to Nolan Carroll to fulfill the starting role. As a result, Jimmy Wilson played 65% (45 snaps) in the slot.
Bengals Offense: Are the Bengals already tiring of BeJarvus Green-Ellis? A season low 45% of snaps (31) after averaging 75% says maybe. The slack was taken up by Brian Leonard 30% (21) and Bernard Scott 16% (11).
Bengals Defense: For the first time this year LB Vontaze Burfict played every snap (66). That may have a little to do with Rey Maualuga leaving the field for six snaps with an injury, but it’s likely he would have played anyway. His previous week-by-week percentages are: 0%, 33%, 45% and 97% last week.
Dolphins Offense: The Dolphins averaged less than two yards a rush, and while that’s not good regardless, it wasn’t helped by four QB kneels at -1 a pop. Ryan Tannehill now has seven for the year and this alone lowers the Miami overall rushing average by 0.25 yards per attempt.
Dolphins Defense: Cameron Wake now has eight sacks (we don’t do halves), eight hits and 26 hurries on the year. That’s 42 QB disruptions on 203 pass rushes for an otherworldly PRP of 16.8
Bengals Offense: While his team may not have played that well, LT Andrew Whitworth certainly did. After a lackluster preseason he’s been superb in pass protection and gave up only a single hurry in 52 drop-backs here.
Bengals Defense: What is Cincinnati up to with Manny Lawson? They dropped him into coverage 14 times (where he gave up 63 yards on six targets) and never rushed him once. This is a guy that in 2010 got three sacks, three hits and 24 hurries on 218 rushes for the 49ers?
Falcons 24 – 17 Redskins
Falcons Offense: It’s not something you often see from an NFL offense. The Falcons got three additional offensive linemen on the field for a combined 33 snaps (including the now infamous Joe Hawley drops).
Falcons Defense: A sign(ing) of regret? Ray Edwards was on the field for just 13 total snaps. That was a season low, as the former Viking has gone from one extreme in Minnesota (playing nearly every snap) to another (playing just 39.2% of defensive plays this year).
Redskins Offense: HB, Alfred Morris was in on 81.6% of all Redskin offensive plays. This is his backfield for now.
Redskins Defense: Ryan Kerrigan, Perry Riley and London Fletcher all played every snap, with both DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson missing just two plays.
Falcons Offense: There’s still some life in the legs of Tony Gonzalez. He picked up 2.73 yards per route run, helped, in no small part, by breaking an astonishing five tackles.
Falcons Defense: Left cornerback Asante Samuel gave up just 0.14 yards per route in coverage as the Redskins went after him only four times. The result? Four yards on his 28 snaps in coverage.
Redskins Offense: QB, Robert Griffin III attempted only two passes over 10 yards in the air.
Redskins Defense: After a strong start to the season, Ryan Kerrigan was held in check (as a pass rusher at least) to just one hurry. He’d been averaging six per game heading into this one.
Cardinals 3 – 17 Rams
Arizona Offense: Excluding plays nullified by penalty, Michael Floyd ran a route on 44.1% of all Cardinals passing plays, as Arizona used a heavy dose (28%) of four-WR sets.
Arizona Defense: With the Rams using a three receiver set on two early downs in the second Quarter (at 14:25 and 11:00 minutes to go), Arizona opted to keep their 3-4 front on the field, and instead replaced Adrian Wilson with William Gay.
St Louis Offense: Including plays nullified by a penalty, Chris Givens led the wide-outs in snaps with 45. That was nine more than Brandon Gibson, even if four of those snaps came on kneel downs.
St Louis Defense: The Rams blitzed on 21 plays with the result being a 43.8% completion percentage and five sacks. Leading the charge in blitzes (including plays nullified by penalty) were JoLonn Dunbar (14), James Laurinaitis (8) and Cortland Finnegan (6).
Arizona Offense: Larry Fitzgerald dropped his first pass of the season.
Arizona Defense: Looking slightly less than 100%, Darnell Dockett managed just one hurry on 14 pass rushes, while only playing 35.1% of plays.
St Louis Offense: QB, Sam Bradford completed almost as many balls on passes thrown over 10 yards (3 out of 9) as he did on passes under 10 yards in the air (4 out of 11), not including the pass he had batted by Calais Campbell.
St Louis Defense: The entire defense picked up an astonishing 46 combined sacks, hits and hurries. Through the first three games they had managed 60, and last year averaged 17.6 per game.