The Bengals grabbed a win for the first time in more than a month and looked like a different team than we’ve seen all season in the process.
Cedric Ogbuehi didn’t play one snap all game, joining AJ McCarron as the only two players on the active gameday roster to not take the field (even on special teams) in the Bengals’ win over the Eagles. That was especially interesting to see as both Andrew Whitworth and Jake Fisher were injured in the game, but, Ogbuehi wasn’t the beneficiary of their lost snaps. Somehow, Whitworth only missed four snaps after leaving with a knee injury as he returned in the fourth quarter. Luckily it seems neither injury will be significant moving forward.
Here are our snap count takeaways from the Bengals’ win over the Eagles:
- Eric Winston started at right tackle and suddenly, the offensive line played its best game of the year. Winston played 66% of the snaps on offense.
- Jake Fisher played the most offensive snaps he’s seen in his NFL career, 42.
- The wide receiver snap count saw a variety of players getting snaps and only Brandon LaFell played more than 70% of the time: LaFell (60 snaps), Tyler Boyd (42), Cody Core (30), James Wright (22), Alex Erickson (12). It’s nice to see such a rotation being used and players stepping up with A.J. Green out of the lineup.
- Rex Burkhead saw his workload decrease in his second game as the No. 2 running back. Jeremy Hill played 58% of snaps.
- Domata Peko played less on Sunday than he has in the past few weeks (29 snaps), and, he noticeably played better. The Bengals need to be giving him less playing time, because he will do better when not on the field as frequently.
- DeShawn Williams finally got a shot at the field and was active for his first game ever. That’s likely why Peko saw less playing time. Williams had a tackle and a half sack, which is a great effort for his first NFL action. Williams should be playing more in the final four games of the season.
- With Wallace Gilberry inactive, Will Clarke played 62% of defensive snaps. Margus Hunt played just 24% of snaps.
- Nick Vigil and Clayton Fejedelem both got in on defense again, proving the Bengals are leaning more on their rookies as the season progresses. Neither recorded any tackles.
- Josh Shaw continued to see more playing time than Darqueze Dennard on Sunday. Shaw took 47 snaps while Dennard played 26.
|Position||Player||Snap Count||Percentage of Time|
|Offensive Line||Kevin Zeitler||64||100%|
|Tight End||Tyler Eifert||47||73%|
|Wide Receiver||A.J. Green||INACTIVE||INACTIVE|
|Running Back||Jeremy Hill||37||58%|
|Defensive Tackle||Geno Atkins||54||68%|
|Defensive End||Margus Hunt||19||24%|
*Long snapper Clark Harris was also inactive on Sunday. Tyler Ott played in his place.