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Bengals vs. Packers snap counts: Joe Mixon limited in running back rotation

Samaje Perine stayed on the field longer than expected while the defense dealt with injuries and cornerback.

Green Bay Packers v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Two overtime games in five weeks is pretty draining to think about. The Cincinnati Bengals got lucky in Week 1, they weren’t so fortuitous in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers. This is just how it goes in a league where one-score games are equitable to coin flips. Especially against really good teams.

Here’s how the Bengals distributed snaps in their 25-22 loss to the Packers.

  • Nearly five quarters of play and 25 combined drives somehow only netted out to 131 total plays. The Bengals barely out-snapped the Packers 67 to 64 despite punting five times to the Packers’ two. Cincinnati barely edged out Green Bay in offensive success rate 48% to 46%, which adds up to the difference in team snap counts.
  • No one knew for sure how much Joe Mixon (19) would play, but he was definitely limited with his ankle sprain. He got the ball 10 times and scored his third touchdown of the season late in the fourth quarter.
  • Samaje Perine (41) got the other 50% of the running workload while also seeing a career-high 26 snaps on passing plays. Chris Evans (7) did not see the jump in usage like many had hoped for with Mixon sidelined for most of the game.
  • Tee Higgins (47) also made his return in a more limited fashion. While he got some rest here and there, Auden Tate (13) and Trenton Irwin (9) were rotated in as Mike Thomas couldn’t play with an ankle injury.
  • Darius Hodge being a healthy scratch further solidified Wyatt Ray (13) as Trey Hendrickson’s (51) true backup at right defensive end. Hodge’s impressive preseason showing simply wasn’t enough for him to contribute in the regular season, but with the way Hendrickson has played, it hasn’t been a big deal. Hendrickson added two sacks to his already excellent 2021 campaign.
  • While he was good to suit up, Larry Ogunjobi (37) was rotated off the field more often this week due to his knee injury that kept him limited in practice. D.J. Reader (49) ended up topping his 48 snaps from Week 1, while B.J. Hill (26) and Josh Tupou (25) played their usual percentages.
  • Chidobe Awuzie (57) looked a bit shaken up right before half-time but didn’t miss much time. It was Trae Waynes (43) who needed a bit of in-game rest as his hamstring issues popped up again. Eli Apple (28) stepped in once more to relieve both of them.
  • The Bengals only used three-safety looks a handful of times as Ricardo Allen (6) didn’t see the field nearly as much as he did back in Week 1.

Bengals snaps vs. Packers

Position Player Snaps Percentage of Snaps
Position Player Snaps Percentage of Snaps
T Jonah Williams 67 100%
G Jackson Carman 67 100%
T Riley Reiff 67 100%
G Quinton Spain 67 100%
C Trey Hopkins 67 100%
QB Joe Burrow 67 100%
WR Ja'Marr Chase 61 91%
TE C.J. Uzomah 56 84%
WR Tyler Boyd 55 82%
WR Tee Higgins 47 70%
RB Samaje Perine 41 61%
TE Drew Sample 21 31%
RB Joe Mixon 19 28%
WR Auden Tate 13 19%
WR Trenton Irwin 9 13%
RB Chris Evans 7 10%
T Isaiah Prince 4 6%
TE Mitchell Wilcox 2 3%
SS Vonn Bell 64 100%
FS Jessie Bates III 64 100%
CB Chidobe Awuzie 57 89%
LB Logan Wilson 55 86%
DE Sam Hubbard 53 83%
DE Trey Hendrickson 51 80%
NT D.J. Reader 49 77%
CB Mike Hilton 49 77%
CB Trae Waynes 43 67%
LB Germaine Pratt 39 61%
DT Larry Ogunjobi 37 58%
CB Eli Apple 28 44%
DT B.J. Hill 26 41%
NT Josh Tupou 25 39%
LB Akeem Davis-Gaither 21 33%
DE Cameron Sample 17 27%
DE Wyatt Ray 13 20%
LB Jordan Evans 6 9%
SS Ricardo Allen 6 9%
LB Markus Bailey 1 2%