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Bengals snap count takeaways vs. Jaguars

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What the snap counts told us about the Bengals loss to the Jaguars.

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The Bengals had a very rough game on Sunday. We saw an Andy Dalton meltdown that won’t go down in his top five, but it did drop Cincinnati to 0-7. There are still some interesting things to gleam from the snap counts as well as a personal apology from a take last week.

Here are the snap count takeaways:

  • Cincinnati was out snapped by Jacksonville (surprise surprise) 72 offensive plays to 82. This really isn’t surprising at this point. The Bengals were about a drive behind the Jaguars, and both teams had an extended drive end in no points (Jaguars turnover on downs on the goal line and Bengals interception i Jaguars territory), so that evens that out. It was the interception (that wasn’t returned for a touchdown) and Tyler Boyd’s fumble that gave the Jaguars a more sizable advantage. We can at least say this week the defense did its job and the turnovers killed the snap battle. The Jaguars were only four of 16 on third downs and one of two on fourth downs. Jacksonville had 22 first downs compared to Cincinnati’s 21.
  • Apologies to Cincinnati’s coaches and Alex Erickson. Last week I questioned why Erickson was playing more snaps than players like C.J. Uzomah, Tyler Eifert, Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard and Drew Sample. Well he showed us why this week after playing 68 snaps. He topped 100 yards for the first time in his career, and he single handedly gave Cincinnati life in the first half setting up their first score. He also accounted for more than 90 percent of the Bengals first half yards.
  • Mixon (39) has every right to be frustrated with this offense. The Bengals as a team haven’t topped 400 yards rushing as a team over the first seven games. He only has 254 yards rushing this season, and the past two games only has 12 rushing yards. It isn’t like we’ve been playing the top rushing defenses the past two weeks either. The game plan and usage for Mixon and this running game needs recreated from the ground up. You may argue that it would be hard to do that midseason, but at this point they have nothing to lose. People will blame Dalton all day every day for his poor performance, but we know who he is. He needs talent around him, and a running game to play action off of would help. When Cincinnati is better off just abandoning the run, changes have to be made. Also, get Bernard (34) on the field more as a jet sweep threat.
  • Sam Hubbard (74) has been a mixed bag of mostly good this season. He has been the one constant at defensive end this season. Cincinnati has also started to experiment with allowing him to stand up, which is an interesting thing to keep track of. Andrew Brown (68) got his first start as the next man up who was healthy enough to play. Anthony Zettel got 31 snaps after being brought in this week as well, which tells you just how thin this team is at defensive end.
  • Linebacker rotations saw an interesting change. Nick Vigil (82) played every defensive snap. It was Preston Brown (49) and Germaine Pratt (22) who shared time on the field. Each had their bright spots as Brown was a big part in the goal line stand, and Pratt ad several plays he helped shutdown by being able to run with a receiver. LaRoy Reynolds, who had previously been playing a handful to a dozen snaps only saw one play defensively.
  • Brandon Wilson (14) saw some playing time, which was probably an extension of the team being so thin corner back without Dre Kirkpatrick and William Jackson. B.W. Webb (80), despite playing with a cast, played almost the entire game. Darqueze Dennard (70) had quite the welcome back by also playing most of the game. Tony McRae (57) had an up and down day. He had one play in the endzone where he was late to his spot, and another where he let the receiver step in front of him when he had an easy interception.

Bengals snap counts against Jaguars

# POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
# POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
83 WR Tyler Boyd 71 99
15 WR Damion Willis 6 8
17 WR Stanley Morgan -- --
12 WR Alex Erickson 68 94
19 WR Auden Tate 65 90
18 WR A.J. Green DNP DNP
77 OT Cordy Glenn SUSP SUSP
71 OT Andre Smith DNP DNP
68 OT Bobby Hart 72 100
74 OT Fred Johnson -- --
67 OG John Miller DNP DNP
60 OG Michael Jordan -- --
64 OG John Jerry 72 100
62 OG Alex Redmond 72 100
66 C Trey Hopkins 72 100
53 C Billy Price 72 100
87 TE C.J. Uzomah 31 43
89 TE Drew Sample 12 17
85 TE Tyler Eifert 34 47
82 TE Cethan Carter -- --
14 QB Andy Dalton 72 100
7 QB Jake Dolegala DNP DNP
5 QB Ryan Finley -- --
28 RB Joe Mixon 39 54
25 RB Giovani Bernard 34 47
32 RB Trayveon Williams -- --
96 DE Caros Dunlap DNP DNP
94 DE Sam Hubbard 74 90
93 DE Andrew Brown 68 83
58 DE Carl Lawson -- --
97 DE Anthony Zettel 31 38
97 DT Geno Atkins 53 65
99 DT Andrew Billings 48 59
91 DT Josh Tupou 44 54
95 DT Renell Wren 21 26
98 DT Ryan Glasgow 19 23
59 LB Nick Vigil 82 100
57 LB Germaine Pratt 22 27
52 LB Preston Brown 49 60
50 LB Jordan Evans 6 7
55 LB LaRoy Reynolds 1 1
27 CB Dre Kirkpatrick DNP DNP
22 CB William Jackson DNP DNP
21 CB Darqueze Dennard 70 85
29 CB Tony McRae 57 70
20 CB Torry McTyer -- --
23 CB B.W. Webb 80 98
36 S Shawn Williams 82 100
42 S Clayton Fejedelem -- --
30 S Jessie Bates III 81 99
40 S Brandon Wilson 14 17