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Snap Counts From The Seahawks’ 41-38 Win Over The Houston Texans
Curious who plays in each game and how much they play, as well as what the distribution of playing time might mean? Throughout the season, we’ll post the snap counts for the Seahawks the day after each game and take a look at what stood out.
Here’s a few notes from the Seahawks’ 41-38 Week 8 win over the Houston Texans: Read
A week after Ethan Pocic split time at left guard with Mark Glowinski, the rookie played every snap there this week. All five linemen, including Justin Britt, who was questionable with an ankle injury, played all 69 offensive snaps, as did quarterback Russell Wilson.
Paul Richardson, who had two touchdown catches, as well as a 48-yard grab to open Seattle’s game-winning drive, led receivers with 81-percent playing time. Doug Baldwin was next at 71 percent, followed by Tyler Lockett (57 percent), Tanner McEvoy (29 percent) and Amara Darboh (14 percent).
Thomas Rawls led running backs in playing time at 59 percent, though he and Eddie Lacy (17 percent) had only six carries each on a day when Seattle struggled to run the ball. J.D. McKissic played 23 percent of the snaps, and fullback Tre Madden, who had a 66-yard catch, played 22 percent.
As for those running game struggles, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll discussed that topic during his appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle Monday morning: “We struggled. We really struggled at the line of scrimmage. We made mistakes, then we didn’t handle them as well as we thought that we would. We had some thoughts going into that game that we would be able to block some guys in certain fashion, and it didn’t turn out that way. So we were really disappointed in what we got done. There were a number of breakdowns that went across the board, different guys. It was just an ineffective, rotten day of run blocking.”
On a more positive note, the Seahawks pass protection has been solid the last couple of games.
“We had protection all day long… We’re pass protecting just fine,” Carroll said. “Our guys are smart, they’re really identifying really well, and it’s suiting us right now. We just have to keep moving. This is a season of learning and understanding and all that, and we’ve got to see where we’ve got to go, but we don’t want to give upon running the football. That’s not what we want to do here. We just run the ball more effectively and play off it well. That’s really necessary.” Read
Earl Thomas left the game in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury, meaning he missed seven plays. Bradley McDougald took over for Thomas at the end of the game, but also played an additional seven plays when the Seahawks had three safeties on the field.
Michael Bennett again led the defensive line rotation at 83 percent, followed by Sheldon Richardson (76 percent), Frank Clark (69 percent), Jarran Reed (58 percent), Nazair Jones (32 percent), Marcus Smith (31 percent), Dwight Freeney (25 percent), and Branden Jackson (18 percent). Eighteen snaps for the veteran Freeney, who signed with Seattle, was “right what we hoped for,” in terms of playing time, Carroll said.
Carroll said Freeney, who recorded half a sack, “did all right,” and should only get better going forward.
“He pushed pretty good, he got close a couple of times, caused a couple of problems. Had a great matchup with their left tackle, which was really exciting to watch… We’ll see how it goes. We’ll get better too. He’s smart enough and efficient enough that he’s going to help us. I’m anxious to see how we go the next couple of weeks." Read
Neiko Thorpe led the way on special teams, playing 82 percent of the snaps, followed by 68-percent play time from Delano Hill. D.J. Alexander, Tre Madden and Tanner McEvoy played 66 percent of the snaps, while Terence Garvin played 63 percent.Read