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NFL Week 8: Bengals’ snap count distribution vs Colts shows changes were made

The Bengals made a few changes to personnel Sunday against the Colts, but did they make enough changes?

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The Cincinnati Bengals managed to steal a win on Sunday. They defeated the Indianapolis Colts 24-23 mostly due to a late pick-six by Carlos Dunlap.

It may have been one of the very few highlights on a day where the Bengals seemed to look their worst. They allowed the Colts to lead most of the game. The Bengals took the lead in the third before they handed it right back to the Colts on the following drive.

The snap counts tell us the Bengals tried to do a few new things, but the execution simply wasn’t there for most of the game.

Snap count takeaways:

  • Joe Mixon (35) got the playing time this week. He played a majority of snaps compared to Giovani Bernard (14) and Jeremy Hill (7). Mixon didn’t do much on the ground. He carried the ball 11 times for 18 yards, but he caught three passes for 91 yards. It’d be nice if the Bengals stuck with the run long enough to wear a defense down, but as long as they are getting Mixon in open space I can’t complain too much.
  • John Ross (6) was active but not used. We thought this would be the week Ross would finally see some playing time, but the team inexplicably didn’t play the rookie who practiced all week. Meanwhile, fellow rookie Josh Malone (19) caught his first NFL reception and touchdown against the Colts. Alex Erickson (13) even played more than Ross. Ross got one target from Andy Dalton.
  • Andre Smith (24) was clearly the low man on the tackle rotation this week. Cedric Ogbuehi (48) and Jake Fisher (49) both played a vast majority of the snaps. The offensive line continued to struggle though, but the blame doesn’t entirely go to the tackles.
  • The Bengals went back to more of their nickel package on defense against the Colts. Nick Vigil (74) and Vontaze Burfict (74) both played every defensive snap. Vincent Rey (20), who is filling in for the injured Kevin Minter, played sparingly and left with a stinger, but he was able to return. No other linebacker received a defensive snap. One should question whether the rookie linebacker Jordan Evans should get some snaps while Minter is out. Evans was very impressive during the preseason, and Rey hasn’t been playing well at all.
  • Michael Johnson (24) exiting the game with a back injury opened the door for Chris Smith (34) to fill his role. He even kicked inside to defensive tackle during passing situations. Jordan Willis (20) seemed to stay in his role as a relief pass rusher, which really shows how the Bengals view the two players on their depth chart.
  • Despite Adam Jones (44) starting, William Jackson (41) ended up playing quite a bit. It seems the team was rotating the two players more than before Jones got injured against the Bills in Week 5. Dre Kirkpatrick (62) also left with an injury, but he returned soon after. Darqueze Dennard (54) also played extensively, but at one point the Bengals had Jackson in the slot in place of Dennard.
  • George Iloka (42) only played a little over half of the defensive snaps. Josh Shaw (32) seemed to be his backup, and Shawn Williams (74) played every single defensive snap. Something seems to be up with Iloka. Last week he played about 70 percent of the snaps, and this week he dropped back even more. It probably isn’t anything serious, but it is worth monitoring.

Bengals’ Week 8 Snap Counts

# Name Position Total Snaps Snap %
# Name Position Total Snaps Snap %
61 Bodine, Russell C 56 100
60 Johnson, T.J. C 4 7
20 Russell, KeiVarae CB DNP DNP
27 Kirkpatrick, Dre CB 62 84
24 Jones, Adam CB 44 59
21 Dennard, Darqueze CB 54 73
26 Shaw, Josh CB 32 43
22 Jackson, William CB 42 55
90 Johnson, Michael DE 24 32
96 Dunlap, Carlos DE 67 91
94 Smith, Chris DE 34 46
99 Willis, Jordan DE 20 27
97 Atkins, Geno DT 57 77
67 Glasgow, Ryan DT 24 32
92 Sims, Pat DT 25 34
75 Billings, Andrew DT 5 7
66 Hopkins, Trey G 52 93
63 Westerman, Christian G DNP DNP
62 Redmond, Alex G DNP DNP
65 Boling, Clint G 56 100
71 Smith, Andre OT 24 43
89 Hewitt, Ryan H-B DNP DNP
82 Carter, Cethan H-B 11 20
28 Mixon, Joe HB 35 62
32 Hill, Jeremy HB 7 12
25 Bernard, Giovani HB 14 25
55 Burfict, Vontaze LB 74 100
59 Vigil, Nick LB 74 99
57 Rey, Vincent LB 20 27
58 Lawson, Carl LB 41 55
51 Minter, Kevin LB DNP DNP
56 Nickerson, Hardy LB DNP DNP
50 Evans, Jordan LB DNP DNP
70 Ogbuehi, Cedric OT 48 86
74 Fisher, Jake OT 49 88
# Name Position Total Snaps Snap
5 McCarron, AJ QB DNP DNP
14 Dalton, Andy QB 56 100
31 Smith, Derron S DNP DNP
36 Williams, Shawn S 74 100
43 Iloka, George S 42 57
42 Fejedelem, Clayton S DNP DNP
85 Eifert, Tyler TE DNP DNP
81 Kroft, Tyler TE 52 93
87 Uzomah, C.J. TE 10 18
80 Malone, Josh WR 19 34
15 Ross, John WR 6 11
18 Green, A.J. WR 53 95
11 LaFell, Brandon WR 51 91
83 Boyd, Tyler WR DNP DNP
12 Erickson, Alex WR 13 23
16 Core, Cody WR DNP DNP