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Bengals snap count takeaways vs. Rams: Tyler Eifert is finally unleashed

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The Bengals have handled Tyler Eifert with kid gloves all season, but they finally played him for a good amount of snaps yesterday.

Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

The Bengals are hitting their bye week after falling to 0-8 for the first time in the Andy Dalton era. There are a few things that changed this week with snap counts, but we will mostly be looking ahead to how some of these trends could be impacted by players returning from injury and players either being traded or not traded.

Snap count takeaways from the Bengals loss to the Rams:

  • As always, we start with the overall battle of snaps where Cincinnati won pretty convincingly. The Bengals ran 83 plays compared to the Rams 62. Why was there such a disparity on the scoreboard then? It comes down to the same argument over teams focusing on time of possession. Yes, it is important, but it is more important to be productive with your chances with the ball on offense. Los Angeles had several big plays that setup their scores while Cincinnati could drive the ball but never finish off drives. The Bengals many fourth down conversions also helped them in this aspect. Long story short, you can run as many plays as you want, but if you can’t score it doesn’t matter.
  • One of the biggest revelations for the Bengals’ offense in Week 8 was finally playing Tyler Eifert (60) a significant amount of plays. That accounted for well over 50 percent of the plays, and surprise surprise, Cincinnati was rewarded with six catches for 74 yards. You almost have to wonder if the Bengals were trying to show him off or finally realized their three way split of tight end snaps wasn’t working. C.J. Uzomah (47) still played a pretty big role, but it was second-round pick Drew Sample (7) who saw the biggest cut. If Eifert gets moved at the deadline we should expect to see plenty of Sample going forward.
  • The running back splits remain pretty stagnate. Joe Mixon (42) and Giovani Bernard (33) saw roughly an even split, but both had pretty good days. Mixon had 77 total yards with a receiving touchdown, and Bernard had 33 rushing yards with 25 coming on a single carry. It seemed like the team went away from the run game after it help setup the team’s only touchdown. Considering the game never got that far out of hand, it wasn’t the best choice in hindsight.
  • Carlos Dunlap (39) returned to the defensive end rotation following his brief stint of being inactive. He seemed to be eased back into things as other defensive ends like Andrew Brown (28) and Anthony Zettel (29) also saw some significant time in the rotation. Of course, Sam Hubbard (50) still played a significant amount of snaps. It will be interesting to see how this is impacted when/if Carl Lawson can return after the bye week.
  • Germaine Pratt (16) saw his playing time take a hit. He seems to only get on the field either when Preston Brown (30) gets tired or on obvious passing downs. You can also see Brandon Wilson (18) also saw time as a third safety in place of the team playing a second linebacker. Meanwhile, Nick Vigil (62) played every snap. One easy change the Bengals should make is leaning into Pratt following the bye week. The season is lost, but at the very least he should be able to play out some of his rookie bumps. He isn’t going to fix the defense, but things can’t get much worse anyway.
  • The snaps at wide receiver could see the biggest change following the bye week. Alex Erickson (50) followed up a career day with another strong performance, but it comes down to when A.J. Green returns, how many snaps will he see? Auden Tate (81) and Tyler Boyd (75) have been seeing a significant amount of snaps recently as well. Will Green step into Tate’s spot? Will Erickson be reduced to a bench role? Do we see a timeshare between Erickson and Tate? That will be the thing to watch after Green’s first game back.

Bengals snap counts against Rams

# POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
# POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
83 WR Tyler Boyd 75 90
17 WR Stanley Morgan 15 18
12 WR Alex Erickson 50 60
19 WR Auden Tate 81 98
18 WR A.J. Green DNP DNP
77 OT Cordy Glenn DNP DNP
71 OT Andre Smith -- --
68 OT Bobby Hart 83 100
74 OT Fred Johnson -- --
67 OG John Miller DNP DNP
60 OG Michael Jordan 19 23
64 OG John Jerry 83 100
62 OG Alex Redmond 69 83
66 C Trey Hopkins 83 100
53 C Billy Price 83 100
87 TE C.J. Uzomah 47 57
89 TE Drew Sample 7 8
85 TE Tyler Eifert 60 72
82 TE Cethan Carter -- --
14 QB Andy Dalton 83 100
7 QB Jake Dolegala DNP DNP
5 QB Ryan Finley -- --
28 RB Joe Mixon 42 51
25 RB Giovani Bernard 33 40
32 RB Trayveon Williams -- --
96 DE Caros Dunlap 39 63
94 DE Sam Hubbard 50 81
93 DE Andrew Brown 28 45
58 DE Carl Lawson DNP DNP
97 DE Anthony Zettel 29 47
97 DT Geno Atkins 43 69
99 DT Andrew Billings 25 40
91 DT Josh Tupou 15 24
95 DT Renell Wren 6 10
98 DT Ryan Glasgow 13 21
59 LB Nick Vigil 62 100
57 LB Germaine Pratt 16 26
52 LB Preston Brown 30 48
50 LB Jordan Evans -- --
55 LB LaRoy Reynolds -- --
27 CB Dre Kirkpatrick DNP DNP
22 CB William Jackson 59 95
21 CB Darqueze Dennard DNP DNP
29 CB Tony McRae 60 97
20 CB Torry McTyer 3 5
23 CB B.W. Webb 62 100
36 S Shawn Williams 62 100
42 S Clayton Fejedelem -- --
30 S Jessie Bates III 62 100
40 S Brandon Wilson 18 29