Cardinals vs. Eagle review: Snap counts for the offense and defense

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A look at how the playing time was spread around.

Snap counts on offense and defense are out for the Arizona Cardinals in their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Offensively, there were 71 official snaps. Carson Palmer and the starting offensive line were the only ones out there for every snap.

Among the receivers, Larry Fitzgerald led the group with 69 snaps, followed by Michael Floyd with 58, Andre Roberts with 35, Jaron Brown with 10 and Brittan Golden with seven.

Among tight ends, Rob Housler saw 58 snaps, Jim Dray got 38 and Jake Ballard only got four.

Tackle Bobby Massie was used as a jumbo tight end on 11 plays.

Rashard Mendenhall got the most time on the field among the running backs. He was out there for 36 snaps. Stepfan Taylor got 21 and Alfonso Smith played eight snaps.

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.

There was not much rotating at outside linebacker. John Abraham played 73 snaps. Matt Shaughnessy played 59 snaps and Marcus Benard was out there for 24 snaps.

On the defensive line, Calais Campbell led the way with 68. Darnell Dockett was on the field for 64 snaps, Alameda Ta'amu 19, Dan Williams 18 and Frostee Rucker 17.

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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