Offensively, there were 71 official snaps. Carson Palmer and the starting offensive line were the only ones out there for every snap.
Tackle Bobby Massie was used as a jumbo tight end on 11 plays.
The most notable offensive observations are that they seem to be using the jumbo set more for running the ball. Also, Ballard was unnoticed in his four snaps. The front office and coaches had been raving about him. I wonder why he didn't see more time.
Defensively, there were not many changes. Six players never left the field -- the starting secondary (Patrick Peterson, Yeremiah Bell, Tyrann Mathieu and Jerraud Powers) and then the inside linebackers (Karlos Dansby and Daryl Washington). They all were on the field for all 78 snaps.
The other DB to play was Rashad Johnson for 48 snaps.
Normally, they mix in a little dime, but with Johnson on the field for 48 snaps, you can tell that the Arizona defense was in nickel for most of the game. The fact that John Abraham is playing so much is fascinating. I know it is out of necessity now, but I wonder -- has he been playing better because he is getting more time, or did he start getting more time because of his play? With eight sacks now on the season, he has proven to be something much better then Joey Porter.
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