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Offensive and defensive snap counts for Arizona vs. Seahawks

A look at the playing time distribution in Sunday's game.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Snap counts are out for the game between the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks. Let's see how the playing time was divvied up among the players on offense and defense.


There were 54 offensive snaps, according to the league's game book. Starting quarterback Drew Stanton and the starting offensive line -- Jared Veldheer, Ted Larsen, Lyle Sendlein, Paul Fanaika and Bobby Massie -- were all in the game for every play. It's just the way you want to see it.

Offensive line: Starters, 54; Jonathan Cooper, 5

Cooper got some playing time! He was used on five occasions as an extra lineman, tackle eligible or jumbo tight end. We might continue to see this look in jumbo sets now that Troy Niklas is done for the season.

Running back: Andre Ellington, 39; Stepfan Taylor, 15; Robert Hughes, 5

Taylor got a few more looks than normal and was frequently the back in the game in those jumbo packages. It was the fewest number of snaps for Ellington in quite some time, but it also was the fewest number of snaps on offense for the Cardinals in quite some time, too.

Wide receiver: John Brown, 45; Michael Floyd, 45; Jaron Brown, 40; Ted Ginn, 1

The game plan was much different without Larry Fitzgerald. In recent weeks, they have used four and five receivers more than a few times. With Ginn's one snap, they really only went three deep on Sunday, in part because they used more packages with more tight ends.

Tight end: John Carlson, 43; Rob Housler, 22; Darren Fells, 10

Interesting fact: the game book lists Matthew Mulligan as getting the 10 snaps that Fells got. That is definitely a mistake because Mulligan was inactive. As you can see by the 43 snaps for Carlson, he is not getting used in every play in which they have a tight end. He is getting replaced for blocking purposes at times.


The usual guys played every snap -- Rashad Johnson, Larry Foote and Patrick Peterson. There were 58 defensive snaps.

Defensive backs: Rashad Johnson, 58; Patrick Peterson, 58; Antonio Cromartie, 55; Jerraud Powers, 33; Tyrann Mathieu, 32; Deone Bucannon, 32; Tony Jefferson, 25

You can see there was a mix of base and sub packages on Sunday. Cromartie's three snaps off the field were when the Cardinals went with a goalline set or an eight-man front.

Linebackers: Larry Foote, 58; Alex Okafor, 57; Sam Acho, 26; Kevin Minter, 16; Lorenzo Alexander, 10; Marcus Benard, 1

Okafor was on the field a lot! The only other thing to note was that Alexander got some playing time. I have to go back and verify my in-game charting, but it appeared that Alexander played when the Cardinals went with a 4-3 look. That's why Minter played 16 snaps while Tony Jefferson played 25. Normally, the both play at the same time and come out when Deone Bucannon and Tyrann Mathieu come in.

Defensive linemen: Calais Campbell, 50; Tommy Kelly, 45; Frostee Rucker, 30; Dan Williams, 25; Josh Mauro, 22; Kareem Martin, 5

Nothing new here, except for Mauro. He basically came in and played Ed Stinson's snaps. He played well, too.