clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Week 8 defensive snap counts for Arizona Cardinals

How did the playing time look on the other side of the ball?

Against the Cleveland Browns, both the offense and defense played a lot of snaps. The offense was on the field for 81 snaps, while the defense was for 63. Let's see how that playing time was divvied up.

Defensive backs: Patrick Peterson, 63; Justin Bethel, 63; Rashad Johnson, 63; Tyrann Mathieu, 63; Deone Bucannon, 63, Tony Jefferson, 34

Yes, I know. Bucannon played all his snaps at linebacker. But there was no hesitating in letting Bethel be out there every snap. He played well, too. The defensive backs continue to play a lot. Arizona stayed in base defense for much of the game, as evidenced by Jefferson's limited snaps.

Linebackers: Kevin Minter, 63; Markus Golden, 54; LaMarr Woodley, 34, Dwight Freeney, 25, Sean Weatherspoon, 4

Weatherspoon got back out on the field. It appears he got to be the guy to come on the field for their speed nickel package. That role was held by Justin Bethel, who would come in as a seventh defensive back. Against Baltimore, after Powers left the game with an injury and Bethel was playing outside corner, it was rookie Alani Fua who filled Bethel's role. This week it was Weatherspoon. Kareem Martin didn't get to play on defense for the second time in three weeks. With Alex Okafor likely returning next week, we might not see him on the field again this season.

Defensive linemen: Calais Campbell, 54; Frostee Rucker, 46; Rodney Gunter, 24; Cory Redding, 19; Josh Mauro, 11; Ed Stinson, 10

This rotation looks like how it does most weeks.