Snap count notes: Buffalo Bills Wild Card victory

A number of occasions this 12 months I’ve thought to myself after a convincing win; “And the Buffalo Bills didn’t even put collectively a complete staff effort.” On a frigid Saturday evening towards the New England Patriots the Bills put collectively a complete staff effort—and it was wonderful. Let’s dive into taking part in time!

Offense (56 snaps)

NE at Buf WC Offense


The 100% membership was quick two members as Josh Allen and Mitch Morse sat out the previous few performs to usher in Mitch Trubisky and the kneel-down crew. Daryl Williams, Dion Dawkins, Spencer Brown, and Ryan “Rick” Bates all made the lower.

The “heavier” development we’ve seen in latest weeks out of Buffalo continues. Dawson Knox hit 88%, Reggie Gilliam was in for a 3rd of the sport, and Tommy Doyle hit 20%. Add in 5 extra further linemen snaps and that’s much more than Buffalo had been utilizing earlier within the season.

Gabriel Davis has additionally been emphasised with the new-look offense, which continues as effectively. He outpaced Stefon Diggs by 5 snaps. They have been each comfortably forward of the pack of Emmanuel Sanders, Isaiah McKenzie, Cole Beasley, and Jake Kumerow. The one shock in that order is Beasley behind McKenzie and that’s a small shock.

Devin Singletary stays the workhorse again at 86%. That’s his second highest complete of the season, behind solely the Carolina sport. Zack Moss noticed a number of reps.

Protection (63 snaps)

NE at Buf WC Defense

With the starters being pulled sooner than those on offense and the same old rotation, this can be a lengthy checklist. Solely Dane Jackson noticed the sphere the entire sport. Micah Hyde, Tremaine Edmunds, Jordan Poyer, Levi Wallace, and Matt Milano have been all pulled for 15 snaps or 24% of the sport. Let that sink in. For practically 1 / 4 of the sport the defensive starters weren’t essential.


The Bills ran nickel protection 78% of the time, decrease than their typical however about proper for run-heavy opponents. That is corroborated with A.J. Klein’s snap counts. At 22 performs, that’s seven larger than what it could take to “substitute” one of many pulled starters. Evaluate that to Tyler Matakevich’s counts.

With the starters resting so early, the defensive-line rotations are arduous to place an excessive amount of inventory into. For the ends, Greg Rousseau led the pack, with A.J. Epenesa, Boogie Basham, Jerry Hughes, and Mario Addison following. Total it was a fairly tight grouping.

Defensive tackles are one other story with Harrison Phillips 11 snaps larger than Ed Oliver. They have been each effectively above Vernon Butler and Star Lotulelei. With the remainder of the protection seemingly run-oriented, Lotulelei’s continued low snap counts appear vital. There have been 4 “lacking” defensive deal with snaps taken by the ends. That’s a reasonably low quantity for the normally speedy Buffalo protection.

Particular groups (25 snaps)

The same old supply for these is operating a bit behind so I went with my secondary supply, which makes it very tough to get a very good graphic for particular groups. Reggie Gilliam was comfortably within the lead this week at 84%. Mainstay Tyler Matakevich was second at 68%. Matt Haack had seven snaps. One for every further level strive because the holder. No-punt video games are sometimes one of the best video games.

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