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Offensive and defensive snap counts for Cardinals vs. Lions

A look at the playing time in Sunday's win.

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The numbers are out and we can take a look at the snap counts for the Arizona Cardinals players against the Detroit Lions.


According to the NFL's game book, there were 62 offensive snaps. The starting offensive line and quarterback Drew Stanton played all 62 of those snaps. No other linemen played.

Running back: Andre Ellington, 46; Stepfan Taylor, 13; Robert Hughes, 8

Marion Grice was sent back to the bench. Taylor played more than I expected, but there was a little bit where Ellington was not in the game.

Wide receiver: Larry Fitzgerald, 56; Michael Floyd, 56; John Brown, 44; Jaron Brown, 9; Ted Ginn, 6

Fitz barely missed any time and he even went to the locker room before halftime. The Cardinals played less four-wide than they had in the past couple of weeks.

Tight end: John Carlson, 46; Rob Housler, 15; Troy Niklas 11

Carlson played a little less, as Niklas saw more time. I have noted in a couple of other posts that Niklas was replacing Carlson in some plays, which is a new thing.


There were 56 defensive snaps. Larry Foote, Patrick Peterson and Rashad Johnson played all of them.

Defensive backs: Patrick Peterson, 56; Rashad Johnson, 56; Antonio Cromartie, 55; Jerraud Powers, 48; Deone Bucannnon, 48; Tyrann Mathieu, 48; Tony Jefferson, 8

The one thing you can take from these numbers are that the Cardinals barely played any base defense. When they sub into their nickel/dime, Powers, Bucannon and Mathieu all come in. Cromartie came off the field for one play when the Cardinals added a lineman to go with eight men in the box.

Linebackers; Larry Foote, 56; Alex Okafor, 49; Marcus Benard, 15; Sam Acho, 15; Kevin Minter, 8

The Cards played very little base. And unlike early in the season, when they went with their dime set, only two linebackers were in the game -- Foote and Okafor. Dating back to the 49ers game, they have been using more three-man lines in dime than two-man lines. They add a second (Benard) for extra pass rush help.

Defensive linemen: Calais Campbell, 53; Tommy Kelly, 40; Frostee Rucker, 36; Dan Williams, 18; Kareem Martin, 6; Alameda Ta'amu, 1

I thought Martin would play more, but that wasn't the case. Ta'amu's lone snap was probably the one time the Cardinals went with four down linemen.