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Bengals vs. Ravens snap count takeaways: Defensive rotation not enough to stop Baltimore

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The Bengals did some interesting things on defense, if you want to put it nicely.

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The Bengals’ latest loss to the Ravens was hard to watch. It is rare an NFL team can almost openly toy with their opponent so comfortably, but we all got to see it happen to Cincinnati on Sunday.

There were a few things that changed over the bye week, but the overwhelming trend is that it probably wasn’t enough of a change for a team that came into the week 0-8. This team needs to be evaluating young talent, and they are struggling with that concept at points.

Here are the snap count takeaways from the Bengals loss to the Ravens:

  • The Bengals had a victory in out snapping the Ravens by running 75 plays to only 47. The huge asterisks of course is the Bengals had a couple extra drives because Baltimore had two defensive touchdowns. Also, Cincinnati had to grind their way down field while the Ravens had big play after big play.
  • One of the weirdest things about doing this week’s snaps was not having numbers next to Andy Dalton. Rookie quarterback Ryan Finley played every snap, and he took his rookie lumps a few times. He had some really nice plays, but he also had two tough turnovers that led directly to two touchdowns. Fans should probably get accustomed to the ups and downs of rooting for a rookie quarterback.
  • The wide receivers had an interesting split this week. Tyler Boyd (66) wasn’t the top receiver in snaps. Auden Tate (75) played every snap, and Alex Erickson (38) and Stanley Morgan (38) bot played roughly half the game. Boyd did lead the group with six catches for 62 yards, though.
  • There weren’t as many defensive snaps to go around, but the fact that Germaine Pratt (23) is still playing less than half of the snaps is pretty frustrating. Nick Vigil (44) is still playing most of the game, but Preston Brown (17) has seen his playing time drop as well. It is also interesting that we saw a Jordan Evans (11) appearance. It is just weird that the team decided they needed to figure out what they have in Finley at quarterback, but they are still wary of leaning into playing Pratt.
  • Apparently, the Bengals also got a look at what the right side of the offensive line would look like without Bobby Hart (63) as he was the only offensive lineman who didn’t play every snap. We saw Andre Smith (12) take some snaps there, and rookie Michael Jordan played five snaps as an extra tight end along the line, so it was good to see him get back into the mix.
  • Something weird happened at cornerback. The Bengals were without Dre Kirkpatrick again, but we also saw William Jackson III (24) and Darqueze Dennard (17) barely played half the game. We saw B.W. Webb (43) nearly played the whole game. The Bengals also played Brandon Wilson (26) a ton, and that could’ve been due to how they tried to defend the Ravens offense. It was strange to see them take Jackson off the field so much, but it could’ve had something to do with missed tackles. As you’d expect it didn’t matter much looking at the final score.
  • This was also one of the first games where most of the defensive ends were healthy. Carlos Dunlap (33) and Sam Hubbard (38) were the main guys to receive snaps. Carl Lawson (21) didn’t get as much run, but it is hard to get Lawson on the field when you can’t get the opposing team into passing situations. Andrew Brown (3) and Anthony Zettel (8) also weren’t needed as much with the very few snaps the defense had to take.

Bengals snap counts against Ravens

# POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
# POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
83 WR Tyler Boyd 66 88
17 WR Stanley Morgan 38 51
12 WR Alex Erickson 38 51
19 WR Auden Tate 75 100
18 WR A.J. Green DNP DNP
77 OT Cordy Glenn DNP DNP
71 OT Andre Smith 12 16
68 OT Bobby Hart 63 84
74 OT Fred Johnson DNP DNP
67 OG John Miller 75 100
60 OG Michael Jordan 5 7
64 OG John Jerry 75 100
62 OG Alex Redmond DNP DNP
66 C Trey Hopkins 75 100
53 C Billy Price 75 100
87 TE C.J. Uzomah 42 56
89 TE Drew Sample 9 12
85 TE Tyler Eifert 23 31
82 TE Cethan Carter 4 5
14 QB Andy Dalton -- --
7 QB Jake Dolegala DNP DNP
5 QB Ryan Finley 75 100
28 RB Joe Mixon 57 76
25 RB Giovani Bernard 18 24
32 RB Trayveon Williams -- --
96 DE Caros Dunlap 31 66
94 DE Sam Hubbard 38 81
93 DE Andrew Brown 3 6
58 DE Carl Lawson 21 45
97 DE Anthony Zettel 8 17
97 DT Geno Atkins 36 77
99 DT Andrew Billings 37 79
91 DT Josh Tupou 30 64
95 DT Renell Wren 11 23
59 LB Nick Vigil 44 94
57 LB Germaine Pratt 23 49
52 LB Preston Brown 17 36
50 LB Jordan Evans 11 23
55 LB LaRoy Reynolds 7 15
27 CB Dre Kirkpatrick DNP DNP
22 CB William Jackson 24 51
21 CB Darqueze Dennard 17 36
29 CB Tony McRae -- --
20 CB Torry McTyer DNP DNP
23 CB B.W. Webb 43 91
26 CB Greg Mabin -- --
36 S Shawn Williams 45 96
42 S Clayton Fejedelem 2 4
30 S Jessie Bates III 43 91
40 S Brandon Wilson 26 55