Bengals Defensive Snap Breakdown Against The Indianapolis Colts

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 16: Reggie Nelson #20 of the Cincinnati Bengals causes a fumble against Pierre Garcon #85 of the Indianapolis Colts during their game at Paul Brown Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Colts 27-17. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

It seems for the most part that when the Bengals ran nickel formation against the Colts, it presented of one of two likely scenarios: Moving Chris Crocker into a third cornerback role with Gibril Wilson replacing him at safety and/or Morgan Trent playing nickel. It's also possible that the team used Wilson as a nickel, but seems unlikely because Crocker, as a stronger cover option, would be the more logical choice to cover a cornerback or tight end during obvious passing situations. It'll be interesting to see how Adam Jones is incorporated upon his return against the Seattle Seahawks on October 30.

Also Carlos Dunlap may not have started, but he received a significant number of snaps, forcing the obvious conclusion that Dunlap and Michael Johnson are your primary defensive ends. However that conclusion might might be slightly saturated based on the game played out with the Colts passing the football on 56.7% of their offensive snaps, enabling the Bengals to use more Dunlap, Jonathan Fanene and Geno Atkins, who were three of the top four leaders on the defensive line Sunday.

It's also fair to say that the absence of Rey Maualuga isn't so much about replacing him with a single player like Dan Skuta -- rather it's about implementing a rotation that gave Brandon Johnson the team's most defensive snaps at linebacker whereas his defensive contributions have been limited (at best) earlier during the season.

The breakdown.

Defensive Line Total Run P.Rush Coverage
Geno Atkins 42 10 32 0
Michael Johnson 42 10 29 3
Carlos Dunlap 40 11 29 0
Jonathan Fanene 35 10 25 0
Domata Peko 24 13 11 0
Robert Geathers 20 12 7 1
Frostee Rucker 20 13 7 0
Pat Sims 19 13 6 0
Linebackers Total Run P.Rush Coverage
Brandon Johnson 43 12 3 28
Thomas Howard 40 18 3 19
Dan Skuta 37 16 2 19
Manny Lawson 18 11 2 5
Vincent Rey 1 0 0 1
Secondary Total Run P.Rush Coverage
Chris Crocker 60 23 3 34
Reggie Nelson 59 23 0 36
Nate Clements 59 23 1 35
Leon Hall 58 22 0 36
Gibril Wilson 30 10 1 19
Morgan Trent 13 3 1 9

(snap count account to Pro Football Focus)

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