The Arizona Cardinals had 72 defensive snaps on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. When normally they have a handful of players who never leave the field, only two went the distance -- safety Tony Jefferson and cornerback Jerraud Powers.
Let's look at the defensive snap count for the Cardinals in Week 16.
Defensive backs: Tony Jefferson, 72; Jerraud Powers, 72; Deone Bucannon, 70; Patrick Peterson, 69; D.J. Swearinger, 65; Justin Bethel, 61; Chris Clemons, 8
Clemons played the early Justin Bethel role -- the seventh DB in speed sets. Swearinger is getting significant time on a playoff team after being on the streets. Crazy.
Linebackers: Kevin Minter, 58; Alex Okafor, 44; Markus Golden, 44; Dwight Freeney , 28; Sean Weatherspoon, 14; Kareem Martin, 9; Alani Fua, 3
Freeney did a lot in his 28 snaps -- three sacks, five pressures, two penalties drawn and a forced fumble. Martin had a sack and a forced fumble in his nine snaps.
Defensive line: Calais Campbell, 51; Frostee Rucker, 31; Ed Stinson, 26; Red Bryant, 23; Cory Redding, 22; Rodney Gunter, 21
Lots of guys got good playing time. Notice the veterans Bryant and Redding playing more.