Snap counts for the Oakland Raiders in their Week 7 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
In Week 7, the Oakland Raiders offense reached a season high in snaps with 82 and also a season high in yardage with 505. The defense also got a much needed boost from newly acquired middle linebacker NaVorro Bowman. In his debut, Bownman played in 60 of 62 defensive snaps. And for the first time since Week 1, Khalil Mack played in 100% of the snaps.
The Raiders got a much needed comeback win over division leader and rival, the Kansas City Chiefs. Trailing 30-24, Derek Carr and the offense got the ball with 2:25 remaining in the game. Carr led an 11-play, 85-yard game winning drive. The game ended in bizarre fashion, as the Oakland offense ran three consecutive untimed plays as a result of multiple penalties.
The third time was the charm, as Carr found Michael Crabtree in the corner of the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 30. Giorgio Tavecchio nailed the extra point to secure the win for the Raiders.
Let’s take a look at the snap counts for Week 7, see who played how much and what we can learn from that information.
We’ll start with the offense:
|Player||Position||Offensive Snaps||% of Snaps||ST snaps|
What we learned
Marshall Newhouse was ruled out for the game with a calf injury so Vadal Alexander was the next man up. Alexander, along with Penn, Osemele, Hudson and Jackson, played in all 100% of the snaps. The offensive line played very well, not allowing a sack on 52 passing plays. The Chiefs have a formidable pass rush with Justin Houston and Dee Ford, so zero sacks is quite an accomplishment.
Of the 82 offensive snaps, 52 were passing plays. As a result of the high volume of passing, the Raiders utilized three wide receiver, one tight end sets. This was reflected in the snap counts. Amari Cooper (78), Michael Crabtree (72), Seth Roberts (72) and Jared Cook (67) all played in 82% or more of the snaps.
Marshawn Lynch was ejected during the second quarter of the game, only seeing 10 snaps by that point. As a result, Jalen Richard (26) and DeAndre Washington (25) split the workload. They each received nine carries and were active in the passing game. With Lynch suspended for Week 8 against the Bills, Richard and Washington should see a similar split in the workload. Elijah Hood was also promoted from the practice squad.
Jamize Olawale returned after missing one game and logged 11 snaps on offense and 19 on special teams.
And now the defense:
|Player||Position||Defensive Snaps||% of Snaps||ST Snaps|
|Mario Edwards Jr||DE||28||45%||5|
What we learned
TJ Carrie, Reggie Nelson and Karl Joseph remain staples in the defensive backfield, once again playing in 100% of the snaps. David Amerson suffered a foot injury during the game and did not return. Amerson has not been able to stay healthy this year and when healthy, has been ineffective.
Dexter McDonald played a season high 50 snaps. Since Week 3, McDonald has been a steady contributor on defense as evidence of his growing snap counts. If it weren’t for Amerson getting hurt, Sean Smith most likely would have been benched for the second straight week. Smith was forced into action, playing 19 snaps.
NaVorro Bowman, who was signed on Monday, had only a couple of days to get himself ready to play on a short week. Not only did Bowman play, he played in 97% of the snaps, he led the defense with 11 tackles and he wore the green dot on his helmet. Bowman’s biggest impact was on a 3rd & 4 late in the game. He blitzed through the middle of the line and applied pressure to Alex Smith, forcing an off balance throw that went incomplete.
Justin Ellis matched his season high 44 snaps in the game. Ellis, who is in a contract year, has been a force against the run this season.
Denico Autry also had a boost in snaps this week, playing in a season high 46 of 62 snaps. Autry played great in the game, his biggest play was joining Khalil Mack in sacking Alex Smith on a crucial 3rd & 5 on the Chiefs final possession.