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Colts Week Sixteen Snap Counts vs. Cowboys

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

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In yesterday's disaster of a game, the Indianapolis Colts lost to the Dallas Cowboys 42-7, falling to 10-5 on the season.  It was a game in which the Colts were dominated in all three phases of the game (offense, defense and special teams) and in which the Colts' coaching staff was outcoached too.  The Colts began pulling some starters in the third quarter and that continued for the remainder of the game, so some of the snap counts might be very skewed, but let's take a look at them anyway and see who played and how much each person played.

Offense:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Lance Louis G 62 100%
Xavier Nixon T 62 100%
Jack Mewhort G 62 100%
Khaled Holmes C 62 100%
Anthony Castonzo T 62 100%
Coby Fleener TE 55 89%
Hakeem Nicks WR 55 89%
Donte Moncrief WR 50 81%
Reggie Wayne WR 48 77%
Matt Hasselbeck QB 31 50%
Andrew Luck QB 31 50%
Dan Herron RB 29 47%
Jack Doyle TE 26 42%
Zurlon Tipton RB 17 27%
Trent Richardson RB 16 26%
Dwayne Allen TE 8 13%
Josh Cribbs WR 4 6%
Andrew Jackson LB 1 2%
A.Q. Shipley C 1 2%

As I mentioned, we really can't put too much into these snap counts because the Colts began pulling players.  I mean, Matt Hasselbeck and Andrew Luck split the reps at quarterback.

Khaled Holmes made his first career start at center and played every snap.

Zurlon Tipton saw his first playing time with the offense in a regular season game, playing 17 snaps, and he scored his first career NFL touchdown.

Dwayne Allen played just eight snaps but dropped three passes and then was injured.  It was easily the worst game of his career so far.

I wonder why Reggie Wayne, who has clearly been hurting for much of the season as he plays through an injured elbow and torn triceps at the age of 36, wasn't rested more when the game got out of hand (which happened early).  Wayne still played 77% of the snaps.

Defense:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Greg Toler CB 63 100%
Mike Adams SS 60 95%
D'Qwell Jackson LB 57 90%
Jerrell Freeman LB 55 87%
Vontae Davis CB 55 87%
Arthur Jones DT 49 78%
Cory Redding DE 45 71%
Erik Walden LB 43 68%
LaRon Landry FS 36 57%
Ricky Jean Francois DE 33 52%
Bjoern Werner LB 33 52%
Josh Chapman NT 31 49%
Zach Kerr DT 26 41%
Jonathan Newsome LB 26 41%
Sergio Brown FS 20 32%
Darius Butler CB 20 32%
Andy Studebaker LB 19 30%
Andrew Jackson LB 8 13%
Josh McNary LB 6 10%
Shaun Phillips LB 5 8%
Josh Gordy CB 3 5%

I'm sure Colts fans will love seeing Greg Toler as the only defender to play 100% of the snaps on Sunday...

Arthur Jones played 78% of the snaps, a high number for a defensive lineman and his highest percentage of the season.

LaRon Landry got the start yesterday for the first time since returning from suspension.  He played 36 snaps compared to Sergio Brown playing just 20.

Special Teams:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Andrew Jackson LB 24 96%
Colt Anderson SS 24 96%
Dewey McDonald DB 24 96%
Josh McNary LB 24 96%
Andy Studebaker LB 18 72%
Josh Gordy CB 18 72%
Zurlon Tipton RB 17 68%
Jack Doyle TE 16 64%
Henoc Muamba LB 16 64%
Josh Cribbs WR 11 44%
Zach Kerr DT 10 40%
Greg Toler CB 9 36%
Pat McAfee P 9 36%
Arthur Jones DT 7 28%
Cory Redding DE 7 28%
Ricky Jean Francois DE 7 28%
Sergio Brown FS 7 28%
Matt Overton LS 7 28%
D'Qwell Jackson LB 6 24%
Bjoern Werner LB 4 16%
Donte Moncrief WR 2 8%
Lance Louis G 1 4%
Xavier Nixon T 1 4%
Jack Mewhort G 1 4%
A.Q. Shipley C 1 4%
Josh Chapman NT 1 4%
Adam Vinatieri K 1 4%
Jonotthan Harrison C 1 4%

Four players - Andrew Jackson, Colt Anderson, Dewey McDonald, and Josh McNary - played 96% of the special teams snaps.

Hey, look, A.Q. Shipley and Jonotthan Harrison sightings!