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Colts vs Raiders: Week 8 snap counts

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Indianapolis Colts v Oakland Raiders Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images

The Colts put together a solid performance and got a convincing road win against the Oakland Raiders Sunday to head into their bye week on a two game winning streak and with renewed hopes inside the AFC South.

While injuries are still plaguing the team on defense, they are getting healthier every week, and the bye couldn’t come at a better time for them. They’ll get a chance to get whole as a team and come out blazing against the Jaguars in two weeks.

Let’s take a look at the snaps from this game and see if there is anything of note that can be gleaned from them.

Offense

# Player Position Offensive Snaps Percent Defensive Snaps Percent Special Teams Snaps Percent
# Player Position Offensive Snaps Percent Defensive Snaps Percent Special Teams Snaps Percent
56 Quenton Nelson G/C 78 100 6 23
72 Braden Smith G/T 78 100
64 Mark Glowinski G 78 100
12 Andrew Luck QB 78 100
74 Anthony Castonzo T 78 100 6 23
78 Ryan Kelly C 70 90
13 T.Y. Hilton WR 64 82
15 Dontrelle Inman WR 58 74
84 Jack Doyle TE 57 73
25 Marlon Mack RB 49 63
80 Chester Rogers WR 39 50 2 8
14 Zach Pascal WR 28 36 15 58
21 Nyheim Hines RB 28 36
81 Mo-Alie Cox TE 25 32
45 Ryan Hewitt TE 21 27 12 46
85 Eric Ebron TE 17 22
67 Evan Boehm G 8 10 6 23
20 Jordan Wilkins RB 3 4 5 19
62 Le'Raven Clark G/T 1 1 6 23
7 Jacoby Brissett QB
86 Erik Swoope TE
11 Ryan Grant WR
33 Robert Turbin RB
71 Denzelle Good T/G

Notes

  • What a nightmare this offense must be for defenses to attempt to deal with. Eric Ebron was on the field for 17 snaps. He had 3 catches for 37 yards and a touchdown. Mo-Alie Cox had 25 snaps and had 1 catch for 26 yards. Except it was a highlight reel touchdown. Nyheim Hines was in the game just barely more than a third of the offensive snaps. He gashed the defense for 78 yards on the ground. It is tough to remember a time a Colts team got such great production off the bench.
  • With the exception of Kelly, this is another week where the offensive line played nearly the whole game together. That continuity thing is real, and this line is just going to get better and better down the stretch. If the Colts can give Andrew Luck another dangerous receiver this offense is going to be terrifying to behold with the kind of clean pocket he is getting.
  • T.Y. Hilton had far and away the most snaps of a receiver, but just 1 catch on 5 targets. While the Colts have done well spreading the ball around, they need Hilton to have a bigger impact on the offense. Ultimately, they are at their best when Hilton is torching secondaries.
  • They didn’t really ease Jack Doyle into the game at all, did they? 57 offensive snaps indicates he was at or very near 100%. His biggest impact came late in the game, but it was great to see him back on the field.

Defense

# Player Position Offensive Snaps Percent Defensive Snaps Percent Special Teams Snaps Percent
# Player Position Offensive Snaps Percent Defensive Snaps Percent Special Teams Snaps Percent
26 Clayton Geathers S 50 100 1 4
53 Darius Leonard LB 50 100
23 Kenny Moore II CB 49 98 11 42
92 Margus Hunt DT 45 90 10 38
35 Pierre Desir CB 45 90 8 31
93 Jabaal Sheard DE 43 86 4 15
50 Anthony Walker LB 41 82 9 35
95 Denico Autry DT/DE 41 82 4 15
34 Mike Mitchell S 32 64
32 Arthur Maulet CB 28 56 13 50
99 Al Woods DT 26 52 6 23
57 Kemoko Turay DE 24 48
36 Corey Moore S 18 36 20 77
90 Grover Stewart DT 16 32 10 38
44 Zaire Franklin LB 10 20 8 31
49 Matthew Adams LB 9 18 16 62
27 Nate Hairston CB 9 18 5 19
97 Al-Quadin Muhammad DE 2 4 1 4
30 George Odum S 1 2 20 77
31 Quincy Wilson CB 11 22
52 Najee Goode LB 20 77
59 Carroll Phillips DE 19 73
28 Chris Milton CB 15 58
29 Malik Hooker S
91 Hassan Ridgeway DT

Notes

  • The Colts’ defense saw its fewest snaps all season on Sunday, a testament to the effectiveness of the offense at controlling the time of possession.
  • Quincy Wilson and Nate Hairston both saw diminished snaps. Wilson with 11 and Hairston with 9. They had 39 and 27 respectively last week. Meanwhile, Arthur Maulet had 28 snaps behind only Desir and Moore.
  • The safety position continues to be a mess with Mike Mitchell getting 32 snaps before sustaining a calf injury and Hooker missing the game. Core Moore attempted to fill in alongside Geathers, but it wasn’t pretty and he definitely looked like a 3-4th string backup.
  • Despite not looking 100%, Denico Autry played 41 snaps. Margus Hunt played 45, and Sheard played 43. The loss of Jihad Ward, as well as having Ridgeway out has changed this defensive unit from one that relied on heavy rotation to a group that is a bit more top heavy. Injury has clearly impacted their effectiveness, a factor that hopefully is resolved by getting healthy over the bye week and getting rookie Tyquan Lewis back.

Special Teams

# Player Position Offensive Snaps Percent Defensive Snaps Percent Special Teams Snaps Percent
# Player Position Offensive Snaps Percent Defensive Snaps Percent Special Teams Snaps Percent
2 Rigoberto Sanchez P 15 58
4 Adam Vinatieri K 6 23
46 Luke Rhodes LS 7 27