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Bengals vs. Washington snap counts: Prepare for a long six weeks without Joe Burrow

The way the offense moved the ball with and without Joe Burrow shows how long the rest of the 2020 season could be.

Cincinnati Bengals v Washington Football Team Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

This week’s snap count post takes a little different look going forwards. The obvious reason being that without Joe Burrow, who suffered an ACL injury during the game, this failed season becomes a lost one. For fans who watched the 2019 season or even the few games that Ryan Finley started, you know what this ride is about to be like. We will talk about the snaps in the context of this game as well as some things we will need to see over the course of the season.

Snap count takeaways from the Bengals loss to Washington:

  • Instead of the usual, who out snapped who and why that did or didn’t matter (Bengals had 68 plays compared to Washington’s 62), I’d like to point out a very different set of snaps. Burrow had 50 plays compared to Finley’s 18. Burrow went down with 11:41 remaining in the third, but he accounted for roughly 74 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. He had been having a fantastic season, and he was able to sustain drives because of the caliber of quarterback he was. Finley just isn’t going to be able to do that on a consistent basis like Burrow did. Expect The Bengals to get not only out snapped but out played routinely with Finley at the helm behind this offensive line.
  • We aren’t done talking about Finley, though. This season is lost, but this is still an evaluation of this staff and Duke Tobin. Zac Taylor and Tobin were okay with keeping Finley as the backup behind Burrow with that offensive line. If he doesn’t show improvement from last season that is their responsibility to take at this point. The seat was already starting to get warm under Taylor, but getting your franchise hurt and not really having a decent backup plan would get that seat boiling.
  • The backfield without Joe Mixon has become more of a shared one with Giovani Bernard (37) and Samaje Perine (31) practically splitting the responsibilities 50/50. Bernard did have 13 touches compared to Perine’s six, but it will be interesting to see how much more work the young back gets.
  • We have to talk about Akeem Davis-Gaither only getting a single snap. Germaine Pratt (37) and Logan Wilson (35) have usually been getting more, but Davis-Gaither will need more reps for next year. Josh Bynes (52) led the unit in playing time, per usual, but neither Wilson nor Pratt played particularly well. They clearly still want Bynes’ experience out there as much as possible, and he isn’t that bad of a linebacker. It just seems hard to believe that this defense couldn’t use a little more of Davis-Gaither sprinkled into it.
  • Geno Atkins returned this week after missing last week for the birth of his second child. He played 13 snaps, and it still seems like they are just working him back slowly from his injury. Margus Hunt (32) also returned playing a major role. He tipped a pass at the end of the half that created an interception for Jessie Bates III. The real loser this week from the returns from the defensive line was rookie Khalid Kareem (8), which is unfortunate because he was really starting to flash some potential.
  • The biggest news outside of quarterback was probably the starting offensive line. Quinton Spain (68) and Hakeem Adeniji (59) started at right guard and right tackle despite Alex Redmond and Bobby Hart being healthy. It was a change many fans were hopeful for considering the way the two players have performed the past few weeks, Unfortunately, Adeniji did struggle later in the game, and he didn’t seem as comfortable at right tackle as he did left tackle last week. Hart ended up replacing him by playing nine snaps.

Bengals snap counts against Washington

POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
WR Tyler Boyd 56 82
WR Mike Thomas DNP DNP
WR Alex Erickson 5 7
WR A.J. Green 54 79
WR Tee Higgins 62 91
WR Auden Tate 21 31
OT Jonah Williams 68 100
OT Fred Johnson DNP DNP
OT Bobby Hart 9 13
OG Keaton Sutherland DNP DNP
OG Michael Jordan 68 100
OT Hakeem Adeniji 59 87
OG Alex Redmond -- --
OG Quinton Spain 68 100
C Trey Hopkins 68 100
C B.J. Finney DNP DNP
C Billy Price -- --
TE Mason Schrek -- --
TE Drew Sample 57 84
TE Cethan Carter 17 25
QB Joe Burrow 50 74
QB Ryan Finley 18 26
RB Samaje Perine 31 46
RB Giovani Bernard 37 54
RB Trayveon Williams -- --
DE Amani Bledsoe 20 32
DE Khalid Kareem 8 13
DE Sam Hubbard 51 82
DE Margus Hunt 32 52
DT Mike Daniels 31 50
DE Carl Lawson 38 61
DT Geno Atkins 13 21
DT Xavier Williams 21 34
DT Christian Covington 34 55
LB Logan Wilson 35 56
LB Germaine Pratt 37 60
LB Josh Bynes 52 84
LB Jordan Evans -- --
LB Markus Bailey -- --
LB Akeem Davis-Gaither 1 2
CB Mackensie Alexnder 52 84
CB LeShaun Sims 62 100
CB William Jackson 62 100
CB Tony Brown -- --
CB Jalen Davis -- --
S Shawn Williams -- --
S Vonn Bell 62 100
S Jessie Bates III 62 100
S Brandon Wilson 9 15