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Arizona Cardinals use Rodney Gunter. Markus Golden little, Justin Bethel more than usual on defense vs Seattle

Let's look at the defensive snap counts.

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The Arizona Cardinals had 61 defensive snaps against the Seattle Seahawks in their  39-32 victory. How was the playing time split up? Only one player was out there for every single snap. That was Deone Bucannon. One thing we can note is they did not use much of a base package. Between few snaps for rookie Rodney Gunter to a few more than normal for Justin Bethel, we can see the Cardinals went with speed instead of size.

Defensive backs: Deone Bucannon, 61; Rashad Johnson, 60; Patrick Peterson, 60; Tyrann Mathieu, 60; Jerraud Powers, 59; Tony Jefferson, 50; Justin Bethel, 16

Bethel played more than normal, which means Arizona went with seven DBs more often, rather than combating the Seahawks with bigger personnel.

Linebackers: Kevin Minter, 58; Alex Okafor, 40; LaMarr Woodley, 21; Dwight Freeney, 20; Markus Golden, 10; Sean Weatherspoon, 1

Arizona went with only one outside linebacker more than normal in their nickel package. Josh Mauro sometimes comes in and plays as a third defensive lineman off the edge with no nose tackle in the game. If they went with two true OLBs every play, there would have been 122 OLB snaps. There were only 91. I do not recall Weatherspoon getting in the game on defense. It appears Golden's role is now greatly reduced with Okafor coming back and Freeney getting playing time.

Defensive linemen: Calais Campbell, 54; Frostee Rucker, 45; Josh Mauro, 21; Ed Stinson, 13; Rodney Gunter, 13; Cory Redding, 7

Rucker played a lot less than normal. They played much less traditional base defense, it appears. Redding left with an ankle injury.