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Bengals Week 10 snap count: Changes transpired, but were they the changes you wanted?

Paul Guenther said there would be changes on defense and there were. But, did they work? Darqueze Dennard wasn't particularly impressive. Wallace Gilberry had a huge workload after just being signed off the street. And, Vontaze Burfict played 100% of defensive snaps. That last change wasn't the kind of change we thought was coming, but, that was a good thing.

When your offense is on the field for 58 snaps and the defense plays 75, that’s probably going to be a game the opposition wins. Somehow, the Bengals came close to beating the Giants in East Rutherford and fell by only one point to notch their fifth loss of the season.

Paul Guenther preached that there would be changes on defense leading up to this week. And there were. Margus Hunt was inactive for the first time this season and Wallace Gilberry saw a very significant number of snaps before exiting the game with a calf injury. But, those weren't necessarily the changes fans really wanted to see. Will Clarke also played more, as did Darqueze Dennard, but rookie linebacker Nick Vigil was not one of the players who saw an increased amount of playing time on Monday. Here's a look at our takeaways from the Bengals' offense and defensive snap counts on Monday Night Football against the Giants.

  • Carlos Dunlap played 92% of snaps, which is a season high for the defensive end.
  • Giovani Bernard again took more snaps than Jeremy Hill. It seemed like Hill may have been dealing with an issue in the first half, as he was used minimally before halftime. He may have gotten knocked into while on the sideline on a run by Bernard during which he toppled out of bounds.
  • George Iloka nearly played the entire game (95% of snaps) before exiting in the final minutes with an injury.
  • Vontaze Burfict played his best game of the season, and fittingly, was on the field for 100% of the snaps taken.
  • Darqueze Dennard started earning some playing time back, but, he didn't perform particularly well and Josh Shaw ended up back in the game for more snaps than Dennard once again.
  • Cedric Ogbuehi did not have a good night and was again benched for parts of the game in favor of Eric Winston.
  • Rookie wide receiver Cody Core got on the field for seven offense snaps, though he wasn't targeted on any passes.
  • Ryan Hewitt remained minimally used and was mostly in on short, obvious run plays. He played 10 snaps total on offense.
  • Michael Johnson was questionable to play and has been highly inefficient thus far this season, but, he still played 75% of defense snaps.

Here are the snap counts on offense and defense for the Bengals on Monday night against the Giants.

Position Player Snap Count Percentage of Time
Offensive Line Kevin Zeitler 58 100%
Clint Boling 58 100%
Russell Bodine 58 100%
Cedric Ogbuehi 40 69%
Andrew Whitworth 58 100%
T.J. Johnson -- --
Jake Fisher 9 16%
Eric Winston 18 31%
Christian Westerman INACTIVE INACTIVE
Tight End Tyler Eifert 47 81%
C.J. Uzomah 1 2%
Tyler Kroft 23 40%
Quarterback Andy Dalton 58 100%
AJ McCarron -- --
Wide Receiver A.J. Green 50 86%
Tyler Boyd 32 55%
Brandon LaFell 53 91%
Cody Core 7 12%
Alex Erickson -- --
Running Back Jeremy Hill 27 47%
Giovani Bernard 31 53%
Rex Burkhead -- --
Fullback/H-Back Ryan Hewitt 10 17%
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Defensive Tackle Geno Atkins 55 73%
Domata Peko 36 48%
Pat Sims 24 32%
Defensive End Margus Hunt INACTIVE INACTIVE
Will Clarke 30 40%
Carlos Dunlap 69 92%
Michael Johnson 56 75%
Wallace Gilberry 30 40%
Linebacker Karlos Dansby 35 47%
Vincent Rey 44 59%
Nick Vigil -- --
Vontaze Burfict 75 100%
Marquis Flowers -- --
Safety George Iloka 71 95%
Shawn Williams 74 99%
Derron Smith 5 7%
Clayton Fejedelem -- --
Cornerback Adam Jones 75 100%
Dre Kirkpatrick 74 99%
Josh Shaw 45 60%
Chykie Brown -- --
Darqueze Dennard 27 36%