Picking up the pace: Lions-Packers could see a lot of Week 3 snaps

Pat Thorman identifies the games that could offer the most (or fewest) snaps so fantasy owners can adjust accordingly.

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Picking up the pace: Lions-Packers could see a lot of Week 3 snaps

Welcome to the Week 3 edition of Snaps, Pace, & Stats, where we examine trends in snap totals and no-huddle usage. It is meant as a 30,000-foot view of upcoming games, with the goal of identifying which matchups will — and which will not — be played on fertile fantasy soil.

Rank Week 2 Snaps 2016 Snaps/Game Opponent Wk 2 Snaps 2016 Opp Snaps/Gm
1 Carolina (78) Carolina (73) San Francisco (78) Miami (77)
2 New England (76) New England (71) Arizona (76) Cleveland (72)
3 Tampa Bay (76) Pittsburgh (71) Miami (76) Arizona (71)
4 N.Y. Giants (75) Houston (70.5) New Orleans (75) Chicago (70)
5 Pittsburgh (74) PHI / SF (70.5) Cincinnati (74) Cincinnati (70)

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers

The Lions tempo increased from 39-percent no-huddle in Week 1 to 46-percent Sunday, as their snaps pace rose to 65.5 plays per game (15th). Detroit’s bottom-10 run rate should sink further with Ameer Abdullah on injured reserve and a matchup with our second-highest-graded run defense (1.6 yards-per-attempt allowed). Green Bay’s pass coverage grades sixth-worst, they will likely be without top cornerback Sam Shields, and they were just lit up by a playbook-cramming Sam Bradford.

The Packers have only averaged 62 plays through their first two games (23rd) and their no-huddle rate stands at 19-percent — comparable to last season’s snaps-per-game (63) and hurry-up marks (17-percent) from road games. Now they return to Lambeau, where they pushed the pace on 57 percent of snaps and averaged 69 plays. The Lions allowed 68 plays, 385 passing yards, and 35 points on the road Week 1, and they will be without top pass-rusher Ziggy Ansah. Two up-tempo, pass-leaning offenses could spark fireworks.

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Pat Thorman is a lead writer for PFF Fantasy and a Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner.

  • evo34

    Interesting note re: Adam Gase. Do you think he is just always very aggressive in increasing offensive pace after falling behind, or was it something specific to the Pats defense in last week’s game?

  • Pat

    Think it was part of the plan the whole time but NE had the MIA D on the field all first half, so Gase didn’t want to go fast and put them right back out there.