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.
- The offense was on the field for 60 snaps Sunday, a more typical workload after playing 83 snaps against St. Louis.
- Quarterback Russell Wilson, plus four of the five linemen, played every snap. J.R. Sweezy missed one snap due to an apparent injury and was replaced by Alvin Bailey, but Sweezy quickly returned to the game and Pete Carroll said the right guard was fine.
- Rookie Tyler Lockett played 53 percent of Seattle's 60 offensive snaps, still third most at receiver behind Doug Baldwin (73 percent) and Jermaine Kearse (72 percent) but down from Lockett's 70-percent playing time last week. In part that had to do with the Seahawks using fewer three-receiver sets—fullback Derrick Coleman played 27 percent of the snaps Sunday after playing just 7 percent in the opener—and also because Chris Matthews (27 percent) and Ricardo Lockette (25 percent) saw their playing time increase significantly.
- Fred Jackson played just five snaps, but did have a touchdown reception. No. 3 running back Thomas Rawls, meanwhile, played nine snaps.
- Safeties DeShawn Shead and Earl Thomas, cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Cary Williams and linebacker Bobby Wagner played all 71 of Seattle's defensive snaps.
- The Seahawks were in some version of their nickel defense nearly the entire game, as is evident in Marcus Burley's 97-percent playing time.
- That did not, however, always mean the nickel defensive line was on the field, because Brandon Mebane (62 percent) and Ahtyba Rubin (48 percent), starters in Seattle's base defense, still saw significant playing time
- As has usually been the case, Michael Bennett (77 percent) and Cliff Avril (70 percent) led the defensive linemen in playing time. The rest of the defensive line rotation was Jordan Hill (35 percent), Frank Clark (24 percent), Cassius Marsh (20 percent) and Demarcus Dobbs (17 percent). Those are similar numbers to last week for everyone except Dobbs, who played only one defensive snap against the Rams in Week 1.
- Kevin Pierre-Louis played 11 percent of the snaps at weakside linebacker, the result of K.J. Wright's ejection.
- Brock Coyle (89 percent) Pierre-Louis (78 percent), Dobbs (74 percent), Coleman (70 percent), Kelcie McCray (70 percent) and Shead (63 percent) led the way in special teams playing time.