On Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals had 70 offensive plays. They had 76 offensive snaps. For the first time this season, the starting offensive line and Carson Palmer did not play every snap. They got the final three snaps off.
Let's take a look at the play distribution.
Quarterback: Carson Palmer, 73; Drew Stanton, 3
Many believed Palmer should come out early, but Bruce Arians isn't one to do that. He did let Drew Stanton take the kneeldowns.
Offensive line: Jonathan Cooper, 76; Ted Larsen, 76; Jared Veldheer, 73; Lyle Sendlein, 73; Bobby Massie, 73; A.Q. Shipley, 8; Bradley Sowell, 3; Earl Watford, 3
When Stanton came in, so did Shipley, Sowell and Watford. Of course, Shipley also had five snaps as a fullback. That is a lot of fun to watch.
Running backs: Chris Johnson, 37; David Johnson, 24; Stepfan Taylor, 14
David Johnson and Stepfan Taylor got much more playing time with the absence of Andre Ellington. That won't continue.
Wide receivers: Larry Fitzgerald, 65; John Brown, 53; Michael Floyd, 31; Jaron Brown, 14; Brittan Golden, 1
Floyd's playing time is going up. Fitz continues to be the number one guy. Nothing surprising here.
Tight ends: Darren Fells, 63; Jermaine Gresham, 51; Troy Niklas, 22
What we can see here is how the Cardinals were able to use bigger packages longer. On their 13-play touchdown drive, they went with three tight ends for the first 10 plays. They played a lot with two tight ends. That is because they were able to run the ball more.