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Colts Week Fifteen Snap Counts vs. Texans

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

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The Indianapolis Colts wrapped up the AFC South division title with a 17-10 win Sunday over the Houston Texans, but for the second consecutive week the offense struggled.  The Colts are guaranteed a home playoff game, but they'll need to play better than they did this week if they want to win it.  The team improved to 10-4 on the year with the win.  Let's take a look at the snap counts from the game.

Offense:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Gosder Cherilus T 68 100%
Anthony Castonzo T 68 100%
Jack Mewhort G 68 100%
Jonotthan Harrison C 68 100%
Andrew Luck QB 68 100%
Lance Louis G 67 99%
T.Y. Hilton WR 58 85%
Dwayne Allen TE 53 78%
Reggie Wayne WR 51 75%
Coby Fleener TE 40 59%
Trent Richardson RB 38 56%
Donte Moncrief WR 36 53%
Dan Herron RB 30 44%
Hakeem Nicks WR 21 31%
Jack Doyle TE 12 18%
Xavier Nixon T 1 1%
Khaled Holmes C 1 1%

T.Y. Hilton once again saw the most snaps of any skill position player.

Trent Richardson played 36 snaps as compared to Boom Herron's 30.

Donte Moncrief continued to see good playing time, as he was in on 53% of the offensive snaps.  Hakeem Nicks saw 31% of the snaps.

Defense:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Greg Toler CB 71 100%
Mike Adams SS 71 100%
Jerrell Freeman LB 71 100%
Vontae Davis CB 71 100%
D'Qwell Jackson LB 65 92%
Darius Butler CB 56 79%
Cory Redding DE 54 76%
Arthur Jones DT 52 73%
Erik Walden LB 52 73%
Bjoern Werner LB 47 66%
Ricky Jean Francois DE 33 46%
LaRon Landry FS 30 42%
Josh Chapman NT 24 34%
Jonathan Newsome LB 24 34%
Sergio Brown FS 18 25%
Zach Kerr DT 17 24%
Shaun Phillips LB 16 23%
Josh Gordy CB 6 8%
Andy Studebaker LB 3 4%

Vontae Davis missed last week with a concussion but this week played every defensive snap - along with Greg Toler, Mike Adams, and Jerrell Freeman.  That's a pretty good group to have on the field for every single snap.

For the first time since returning from his suspension, LaRon Landry played more defensive snaps (30) than Sergio Brown (18).

Zach Kerr, playing in his first game in several weeks, saw 17 snaps.

Shaun Phillips only played 16 snaps, but it felt like more.  His impact on those 16 snaps was definitely felt.

Special Teams:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Andy Studebaker LB 25 93%
Colt Anderson SS 24 89%
Josh McNary LB 24 89%
Andrew Jackson LB 24 89%
Dewey McDonald DB 22 81%
Jack Doyle TE 19 70%
Zurlon Tipton RB 18 67%
Josh Gordy CB 17 63%
Josh Cribbs WR 15 56%
Pat McAfee P 14 52%
Matt Overton LS 10 37%
Dan Herron RB 9 33%
Sergio Brown FS 9 33%
Donte Moncrief WR 8 30%
Greg Toler CB 7 26%
Zach Kerr DT 6 22%
Bjoern Werner LB 5 19%
Ricky Jean Francois DE 5 19%
Gosder Cherilus T 3 11%
Jack Mewhort G 3 11%
Jonotthan Harrison C 3 11%
Lance Louis G 3 11%
Xavier Nixon T 3 11%
Mike Adams SS 3 11%
LaRon Landry FS 3 11%
Josh Chapman NT 3 11%
Jonathan Newsome LB 3 11%
Adam Vinatieri K 3 11%
D'Qwell Jackson LB 2 7%
Cory Redding DE 2 7%
Arthur Jones DT 2 7%

How big of an impact was it not having Andy Studebaker in the lineup the past couple of weeks due to injury?  He led the Colts in special teams snaps on Sunday, once again proving to be a valuable part of the fourth down army.

One note here that I regret not mentioning in my post-game recap: Pat McAfee was absolutely fantastic on Sunday.  He had one of his best games of the season, and that's saying a lot.  There's a very legitimate argument to be made that without McAfee's performance the Colts wouldn't have won.  He was incredible and deserves a lot of credit.