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Bengals snap count distribution vs Lions: Cincinnati’s offense controlled the game

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William Jackson took over the starting corner position, and two young interior linemen got their first major action of their careers.

Detroit Lions v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images

The Bengals showed up against the Lions on both sides of the ball on Sunday. They showed us that there is still plenty of talent on this team, and that going forward we should have hope.

Plenty of young players got playing time, and several guys were put in more important roles this week. Here is what we saw.

Snap count takeaways:

  • For once the Bengals dominated the snap count battle. The Bengals ran 86 plays compared to the Lions 64 on the day. Cincinnati did only hold the ball for five minutes more in the time of possession though.
  • Giovani Bernard (72) was called on to be an iron man for another week. Joe Mixon (7) started the game, but he quickly left with an ankle injury. The only other running back for the Bengals was Brian Hill (7) who actually finished the game with 51 yards on five total touches. Of course the hero of the game was Bernard who totaled 168 yard and a touchdown. It was nice for him to remind everyone that when he is healthy, he can do some big things for this team.
  • The offensive line got a real shakeup this week. Cedric Ogbuehi and Andre Smith were both out, so the Bengals played Clint Boling (86) at left tackle and Eric Winston (86) at right tackle. This did also open up a great opportunity to see the young interior linemen in their first extended game action. Christian Westerman (42) and Alex Redmond (48) split the duty at guard with Boling kicking to the outside. Aside from a few young player mistakes, they held their own. It would be great to see them next week as well, especially since the Bengals are going into an offseason where we could be expecting a lot of change. Knowing what we have in two young young linemen would be great.
  • William Jackson (62) finally overtook Darqueze Dennard (57) as the opposite corner to Dre Kirkpatrick (64). This isn’t to say Dennard hasn’t been good, but it has been fairly clear that Jackson has deserved to be starting for most of the season now, and if the Bengals retain Dennard this offseason then they will have quite the formidable secondary for a few years.
  • The Bengals had to dig deep into their bench for linebackers. Vontaze Burfict (27) and Jordan Evans (17) left due to injuries early in the game. The Bengals were already without Nick Vigil and Kevin Minter, so they had to turn to Vincent Rey (52) and Hardy Nickerson (37) who both held their own playing for the two injured line backers.
  • Geno Atkins (52) returned to playing a majority of the snaps, which means he has probably recovered fully from the injury that was limiting him. Also, we saw Carl Lawson (45) get way more action than he has in awhile. A lot of that was due to the Lions throwing so much, and the Bengals getting thinner at defensive tackle, so they kicked Michael Johnson (45) inside quite a bit.
  • After being a healthy scratch last week, Tyler Boyd came back to play 49 snaps. He caught five passes for 39 yard. Meanwhile, Josh Malone (16) failed to catch his lone target on the day. Alex Erickson didn’t play a single offensive snap in case you were curious.

The Bengals’ snap counts vs the Lions

# Name Position Total Snaps Snap %
# Name Position Total Snaps Snap %
61 Bodine, Russell C 85 88
20 Russell, KeiVarae CB DNP DNP
27 Kirkpatrick, Dre CB 64 100
29 McRae, Tony CB 2 3
21 Dennard, Darqueze CB 55 86
26 Shaw, Josh CB 11 17
22 Jackson, William CB 62 97
90 Johnson, Michael DE 41 64
96 Dunlap, Carlos DE 48 75
94 Smith, Chris DE 24 38
99 Willis, Jordan DE 16 25
97 Atkins, Geno DT 52 81
67 Glasgow, Ryan DT 20 31
75 Billings, Andrew DT DNP DNP
92 Sims, Pat DT 10 16
68 Josh Tupou DT DNP DNP
66 Hopkins, Trey G 86 100
63 Westerman, Christian G 42 49
62 Redmond, Alex G 48 56
65 Boling, Clint G 86 100
72 Murray, Justin OT -- --
89 Hewitt, Ryan H-B 10 12
82 Carter, Cethan H-B -- --
28 Mixon, Joe HB 7 8
25 Bernard, Giovani HB 72 84
23 Hill, Brian HB 7 8
55 Burfict, Vontaze LB 27 42
59 Vigil, Nick LB DNP DNP
57 Rey, Vincent LB 52 81
58 Lawson, Carl LB 45 70
56 Nickerson, Hardy LB 37 58
50 Evans, Jordan LB 17 27
73 Winston, Eric OT 86 100
70 Ogbuehi, Cedric OT DNP DNP
5 McCarron, AJ QB -- --
14 Dalton, Andy QB 86 100
36 Williams, Shawn S 32 50
43 Iloka, George S 64 100
42 Fejedelem, Clayton S 21 33
40 Wilson, Brandon S -- --
81 Kroft, Tyler TE 86 100
87 Uzomah, C.J. TE 23 27
80 Malone, Josh WR 16 19
18 Green, A.J. WR 81 94
11 LaFell, Brandon WR 76 88
83 Boyd, Tyler WR 49 57
12 Erickson, Alex WR -- --
16 Core, Cody WR -- --
52 Bell, Brandon LB 4 6
39 Williams, Jarveon RB DNP DNP