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:
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.
|Ricky Jean Francois||DE||48||63%|
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.
|Ricky Jean Francois||DE||4||10%|
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.