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Colts week 15 snap counts vs. Texans: Notes and thoughts from the Colts' loss

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Taking a look at the snap counts for the Colts offense, defense, and special teams from week 15 against the Texans.

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In their biggest game of the season, the Indianapolis Colts fell flat.  They amassed just 190 yards of total offense and lost 16-10 to the Houston Texans, who were quarterbacked by Brandon Weeden.  It was another bad loss in a year that has been full of them, and this one likely took them out of the playoffs.

Before moving on from the game, however, let's take a look at the snap counts from the Colts in the game and see what we can learn from them.

Offense:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Joe Reitz T 54 100%
Hugh Thornton G 54 100%
Jack Mewhort G 54 100%
Jonotthan Harrison C 54 100%
Anthony Castonzo T 54 100%
T.Y. Hilton WR 51 94%
Matt Hasselbeck QB 50 93%
Dwayne Allen TE 39 72%
Donte Moncrief WR 39 72%
Frank Gore RB 38 70%
Coby Fleener TE 26 48%
Jack Doyle TE 22 41%
Andre Johnson WR 22 41%
Griff Whalen WR 10 19%
Phillip Dorsett WR 10 19%
Dan Herron RB 7 13%
Zurlon Tipton RB 5 9%
Charlie Whitehurst QB 4 7%
David Parry NT 1 2%

Contrary to popular opinion, the Colts actually did play on offense yesterday - 54 snaps, to be precise.  Too bad they managed just 190 yards and ten points in those 54 snaps.

In his return to the field after missing three weeks due to injury, Anthony Castonzo played all 54 snaps.

Dwayne Allen played 72% of the snaps on Sunday, a surprise to me after watching the game.  He didn't seem to have a huge impact on the game, and yet he saw a lot of playing time.  I don't put a ton of stock into Pro Football Focus ratings, but for what it's worth, Allen was their second-lowest rated tight end this week out of 54 players, mainly because of poor run blocking.

Matt Hasselbeck again fought through injuries on Sunday but didn't play 100% of the snaps for the third straight week.  He played 93% of them this time and came back in after further injuries, but it was clear that he was really hurting.

The Colts used their number two running back sparingly, as Dan Herron only played seven snaps and Zurlon Tipton played just five snaps.  It is clear that Frank Gore is the team's workhorse, playing 38 snaps.

I'll have to go back to the tape to see why, but after catching two passes on the opening drive, T.Y. Hilton (who played the most of any skill position player) only caught one more pass the rest of the game.  Actually, I probably know a large part of why that was - the passing offense wasn't effective at all, averaging just 4.4 yards per pass and completing 56.3% of them.

Defense:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
D'Qwell Jackson LB 76 100%
Vontae Davis CB 76 100%
Darius Butler CB 73 96%
Mike Adams SS 72 95%
Jerrell Freeman LB 64 84%
Dwight Lowery FS 60 79%
Jalil Brown CB 55 72%
Kendall Langford DE 54 71%
Erik Walden LB 49 64%
Robert Mathis LB 46 61%
David Parry NT 42 55%
Zach Kerr NT 42 55%
Trent Cole LB 32 42%
T.Y. McGill DT 31 41%
Jonathan Newsome LB 25 33%
Billy Winn DT 25 33%
Clayton Geathers FS 10 13%
Tay Glover-Wright DB 3 4%
Josh McNary LB 1 1%

David Parry and Zach Kerr equally split reps with 42 snaps each.  Parry seems to have really been struggling recently, perhaps hitting a rookie slump.  Either way, hopefully he can get things figured out and finish his rookie season strong.

Jerrell Freeman, returning from injury, played 84% of the snaps.  His return is a huge boost to the defense.  According to PFF, he recorded seven tackles and five stops, finishing as their fifth-highest rated inside linebacker of the week.

We really criticized him earlier in the season and for good reason, but Trent Cole has stepped up in recent weeks.  He has recorded a sack in back-to-back games, and according to PFF he had four quarterback pressures on just 12 pass rush attempts.

One last note from PFF: Vontae Davis had a solid day defending DeAndre Hopkins (one of the best wide receivers in the league), as though he allowed seven receptions on ten targets, he allowed 66 yards to Hopkins while also breaking up a pass and intercepting another.

Special Teams:

Player Pos. Snaps Percent
Clayton Geathers FS 24 92%
Josh McNary LB 24 92%
Andy Studebaker LB 21 81%
Zurlon Tipton RB 19 73%
Jack Doyle TE 18 69%
Winston Guy FS 15 58%
Akeem Davis S 14 54%
Pat McAfee P 13 50%
Mike Adams SS 13 50%
Jalil Brown CB 12 46%
Jonathan Newsome LB 11 42%
Matt Overton LS 10 38%
Griff Whalen WR 10 38%
T.Y. McGill DT 9 35%
Billy Winn DT 9 35%
Quan Bray WR 8 31%
Dwayne Allen TE 8 31%
David Parry NT 5 19%
D'Qwell Jackson LB 5 19%
Darius Butler CB 5 19%
Kendall Langford DE 5 19%
Trent Cole LB 5 19%
Phillip Dorsett WR 4 15%
Dan Herron RB 3 12%
Tay Glover-Wright CB 2 8%
Denzelle Good T 2 8%
Adam Vinatieri K 2 8%
Joe Reitz T 2 8%
Hugh Thornton G 2 8%
Jack Mewhort G 2 8%
Jonotthan Harrison C 2 8%
Zach Kerr NT 2 8%

Clayton Geathers and Josh McNary tied for the team lead with 24 special teams snaps on Sunday.

It's great to see Andy Studebaker back on this list, as he was a terrific special teams player for the Colts over the past two years.  In his first game back, Stude played 21 special teams snaps.