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Bengals snap count takeaways vs. Saints: Cincinnati couldn’t keep up with New Orleans

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The Bengals were out snapped by over 30 plays, so it was no wonder the score was as lopsided as it was.

New Orleans Saints v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images

The Bengals got whooped on Sunday, there is no way around that. Injuries no doubt played a slight part, but Cincinnati is dealing with enough issues that a 51-14 loss to the Saints isn’t anything to be brushed off. Some of the more telling answers to the game lie in the game’s snap counts.

Here are the snap count takeaways:

  • 75 snaps to 43. That was how many snaps the Saints had compared to the Bengals. The fact that Cincinnati had the ball for that many plays was a bit surprising when it seemed as if New Orleans had the ball for almost the entire game. The Saints did in fact have the ball for just over 39 minutes, so that actually is kind of true. It is hard to say every week that the Bengals have to get better on third down. Still, this week Cincinnati’s defense never forced the Saints to punt, and the offense was 0-6 on third downs. Not quite the winning recipe you expect.
  • With A.J. Green injured, we saw a taste of how the snaps could shake out at receiver. Tyler Boyd (41) and John Ross (36) led the way, but for some reason the third receiver was essentially Cody Core (20) who had two catches for 17 yards on the day. To be fair to all the receivers, Andy Dalton didn’t have his best outing. He under threw a couple deep balls to Ross when he had a step on his defender. However, it is still baffling that this team is trotting Core out for meaningful offensive snaps when he has shown he won’t do almost anything with them. Especially when this was rookie wide receiver Auden Tate’s first active game of the year, but he didn’t even see a snap or target until Jeff Driskel had taken over for Dalton.
  • Speaking of Driskel, the Bengals used him as an option quarterback on their touchdown drive, and it really took the defense off guard. Then we never saw that concept again until Driskel ran it when they had the white flag unit in, and he scored their second and final touchdown of the game.
  • The Saints have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, so we can’t be too harsh on the defensive line. At some point you’d expect the defensive coordinator to bring a fifth guy on the pass rush more often, but it has become clear that isn’t this teams style. Jordan Willis actually led the way with 60 snaps. He had almost nothing to show for it though. For some reason Josh Tupou (42) played more snaps than Adolphus Washington (21) and Sam Hubbard (47), but it is easy to infer that was probably due to the score being so out of hand early. It will be interesting to see how this changes with Washington reportedly out multiple weeks.
  • Jordan Evans appeared to be the guy at linebacker for the Bengals on Sunday. He played 71 snaps, but he is the player we expect him to be at this point. He is a huge liability in pass coverage, but a pretty good run defender nonetheless. Obviously, injuries have forced him into a bigger role than he should have, but he got the most snaps of any linebacker, so we have to talk about it because he gave up quite a few big pass plays. It was pretty obvious the Saints didn’t target him by accident either.
  • It looked like the Bengals planned on having Clayton Fejedelem play a role as the third safety to help out against the pass. He played 17 snaps before getting hurt and leaving the game. That caused the team to use more of Darius Phillips (42) who also helped fill in for an injured Dre Kirkpatrick. We saw an extended amount of KeiVarae Russell (26) after that as well. Some may try to point to those injuries as a reason the Bengals got rolled over, but they were already down by at least three touchdowns before anyone went down.
  • The biggest question mark Sunday was the lack of Joe Mixon. He only had 13 touches on the day, and he finished with 85 yards. It doesn’t make sense to abandon the run as early as the Bengals did, and it really doesn’t make sense to take your best offensive player out of the game. He only played 29 snaps. That is unacceptable when the team is without Green already.

Bengals’ Snap Counts

# POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
# POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
18 WR A.J. Green DNP DNP
83 WR Tyler Boyd 41 95
80 WR Josh Malone DNP DNP
15 WR John Ross 36 84
12 WR Alex Erickson 16 37
16 WR Cody Core 20 47
19 WR Auden Tate 7 16
77 OT Cordy Glenn 43 100
74 OT Jake Fisher 3 7
68 OT Bobby Hart 43 100
70 OT Cedric Ogbuehi -- --
65 OG Clint Boling 43 100
63 OG Christian Westerman -- --
62 OG Alex Redmond DNP DNP
66 OG Trey Hopkins 43 100
53 C Billy Price 43 100
81 TE Tyler Kroft DNP DNP
87 TE C.J. Uzomah 42 98
88 TE Jordan Franks 1 2
89 TE Matt Lengel 5 12
14 QB Andy Dalton 37 86
6 QB Jeff Driskel 7 16
28 RB Joe Mixon 29 67
25 RB Giovani Bernard 12 28
32 RB Mark Walton 2 5
96 DE Caros Dunlap 38 51
94 DE Sam Hubbard 35 47
90 DE Michael Johnson 32 43
75 DE Jordan Willis 45 60
97 DT Geno Atkins 40 53
98 DT Adolphus Washington 21 28
99 DT Andrew Billings 55 73
91 DT Josh Tupou 42 56
59 LB Nick Vigil DNP DNP
57 LB Vincent Rey 23 31
52 LB Preston Brown 65 87
56 LB Hardy Nickerson Jr. 8 11
50 LB Jordan Evans 71 95
45 LB Malik Jefferson 8 11
55 LB Vontaze Burfict DNP DNP
27 CB Dre Kirkpatrick 37 49
21 CB Drarqueze Dennard DNP DNP
22 CB William Jackson 69 92
29 CB Tony McRae -- --
23 CB Darius Phillips 42 56
20 CB KeiVarae Russell 26 35
36 S Shawn Williams 75 100
42 S Clayton Fejedelem 17 23
30 S Jessie Bates III 75 100
40 S Brandon Wilson 1 1