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Looking at the Snap Counts from the Seahawks' Week 8 Win over the Dallas Cowboys

Breaking down the distribution of playing time for the Seahawks in Sunday's win at Dallas.

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.



  • Four of five lineman, as well as Russell Wilson, played all 62 snaps, while center Drew Nowak was replaced by Lemuel Jeanpierre for two plays because of an ankle injury.
  • Once again, tight end Jimmy Graham had the most playing time on offense after the linemen and Wilson, playing 85 percent of the snaps while catching seven passes for 75 yards. Marshawn Lynch was next at 79 percent, taking up the bulk of the running back snaps, with Thomas Rawls at 18 percent and Fred Jackson at 5 percent.
  • At receiver, Doug Baldwin played 76 percent of the snaps, with Jermaine Kearse next at 71 percent. Tyler Lockett checked in at 48 percent.
  • Will Tukuafu saw the bulk of the playing time at fullback ahead of Derrick Coleman, playing 45 percent of the snaps, while Coleman was on the field for just one play on offense.


  • Richard Sherman, Cary Williams, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Bobby Wagner were on the field for all 59 defensive snaps, while K.J. Wright, who led the Seahawks with 9 tackles, missed three plays with an apparent injury before quickly returning. Birthday boy Bruce Irvin, who helped clinch the victory with a big third-down sack late in the game, played 78 percent of the snaps.
  • Michael Bennet led the defensive line rotation at 83-percent playing time, followed by Ahtyba Rubin (68 percent), Cliff Avril (63 percent), and Brandon Mebane (61) percent. The playing time of Rubin and Mebane shows how much the Seahawks were in their base defense, or at least using a base D-line, against a Cowboys offense that was determined to run the ball. Jordan Hill played 37 percent of the snaps returning from a quad injury, as did Frank Clark.

Special Teams

  • Once again, DeShawn Shead led the way at 84-percent playing time, and he also played 54 percent of the defensive snaps as Seattle's nickel corner.
  • Kevin Pierre-Louis, Mike Morgan and Kelcie McCray all played 80 percent of the snaps, followed by Coleman (64 percent) and Marcus Burley, who played 56 percent in his first game back from a thumb injury.


The week 8 match-up against the Dallas Cowboys came down to a nail-bitting finish, with the Seahawks holding on to their late lead for the win.

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