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Colts Week Nine Snap Counts vs. Giants

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Taking a look at the snap counts for the Colts offense, defense, and special teams from week nine against the Giants.

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On Monday Night Football the Indianapolis Colts looked very impressive in a 40-24 victory over the New York Giants.  The offense continued their terrific season, the defense returned to what we've become used to seeing this year, and the special teams was once again great.  All in all, it was a phenomenal team performance by the Colts in a game that wasn't even as close as the score might indicate.  Let's take a look at the snap counts for the Colts from the game:

Offense:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Gosder Cherilus T 75 100%
Jack Mewhort G 75 100%
Jonotthan Harrison C 75 100%
Lance Louis G 75 100%
Anthony Castonzo T 75 100%
Andrew Luck QB 75 100%
T.Y. Hilton WR 57 76%
Dwayne Allen TE 56 75%
Reggie Wayne WR 54 72%
Ahmad Bradshaw RB 44 59%
Coby Fleener TE 39 52%
Hakeem Nicks WR 38 51%
Jack Doyle TE 25 33%
Donte Moncrief WR 25 33%
Trent Richardson RB 21 28%
Dan Herron RB 10 13%
Griff Whalen WR 4 5%
Joe Reitz G 2 3%

It's hard to argue with the top four skill players in terms of snaps: T.Y. Hilton, Dwayne Allen, Reggie Wayne, and Ahmad Bradshaw.  In fact, if I were to pick the four players I wanted on the field most, those four would be it.

For as much talk as there was during the week, Hakeem Nicks still saw more snaps than Donte Moncrief.  The rookie still saw 25 and I still firmly believe he'll continue to get more involved, but perhaps it will be a slower increase than we might have hoped.

Note that Lance Louis took all of the snaps at right guard and that Hugh Thornton did not play on offense.  This was a coach's decision, though that's about all we know right now.  Nonetheless, it's strange.

Trent Richardson played just 21 snaps, but I think it's pretty explainable: the Colts really didn't run it much at all and Bradshaw fits their passing offense perfectly; it was Bradshaw's return to New York; and when the Colts began to run it a bit more they had both Bradshaw and Richardson out of the game to get rest.

Defense:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Jerrell Freeman LB 76 100%
Mike Adams SS 76 100%
D'Qwell Jackson LB 72 95%
Sergio Brown FS 70 92%
Greg Toler CB 63 83%
Vontae Davis CB 63 83%
Bjoern Werner LB 62 82%
Cory Redding DE 60 79%
Darius Butler CB 57 75%
Ricky Jean Francois DE 48 63%
Jonathan Newsome LB 46 61%
Andy Studebaker LB 37 49%
Zach Kerr DT 31 41%
Montori Hughes NT 23 30%
Josh Gordy CB 15 20%
Josh Chapman NT 14 18%
Loucheiz Purifoy CB 11 14%
Victor Butler LB 8 11%
Dewey McDonald DB 1 1%
Henoc Muamba LB 1 1%
Andrew Jackson LB 1 1%

The Colts began resting some defensive starters in the fourth quarter - but then reinserted them in the lineup on the final drive in an effort to close things out, which they did.

Jonathan Newsome saw more snaps than Andy Studebaker and the second most of any Colts outside linebacker (behind only Bjoern Werner).  Good for him, and he most definitely earned it with a great performance.

Special Teams:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Dewey McDonald DB 32 80%
Colt Anderson SS 32 80%
Henoc Muamba LB 30 75%
Jack Doyle TE 27 68%
Dan Herron RB 26 65%
Andrew Jackson LB 24 60%
Pat McAfee P 23 58%
Loucheiz Purifoy CB 23 58%
Andy Studebaker LB 22 55%
Griff Whalen WR 22 55%
Josh Gordy CB 21 52%
Donte Moncrief WR 20 50%
Victor Butler LB 19 48%
Matt Overton LS 14 35%
A.Q. Shipley C 11 28%
Gosder Cherilus T 8 20%
Jack Mewhort G 8 20%
Dwayne Allen TE 8 20%
Joe Reitz G 8 20%
Jonathan Newsome LB 8 20%
Josh Chapman NT 8 20%
Adam Vinatieri K 8 20%
Hugh Thornton G 8 20%
Zach Kerr DT 6 15%
Bjoern Werner LB 6 15%
D'Qwell Jackson LB 4 10%
Sergio Brown FS 4 10%
Cory Redding DE 4 10%
Ricky Jean Francois DE 4 10%
T.Y. Hilton WR 2 5%

Dewey McDonald has been playing well on special teams since he was brought up to the roster, and he was tied for the most special teams snaps last night.

Hugh Thornton was in on special teams, like normal.  So his benching was obviously just on the offensive line, not on special teams too.