Zone Read: Eagles-Lions, the Day After

SNAP COUNTS

The offense:

 
Total Snaps
Percentage Of Snaps
QUARTERBACKS
Nick Foles75100%
RUNNING BACKS
LeSean McCoy5675%
Bryce Brown1013%
Chris Polk912%
WIDE RECEIVERS
Riley Cooper7499%
DeSean Jackson6080%
Jason Avant4560%
Brad Smith45%
Jeff Maehl11%
TIGHT ENDS
Brent Celek6789%
Zach Ertz2635%
James Casey2229%

Most noteworthy? Probably that James Casey played 29 percent of the offensive snaps. I still have to re-watch, but the guess is Casey was used as a blocker in the run game. That actually started last week against the Cardinals.

Polk played nine snaps; Bryce Brown played 10. You have to figure Polk earned some playing with that 38-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

Damaris Johnson did not play any offensive snaps. And it appears that Smith has leapfrogged Johnson and Jeff Maehl as the No. 4 receiver.

The defense:

 
Total Snaps
Percentage Of Snaps
DEFENSIVE LINE
Fletcher Cox4472%
Bennie Logan3151%
Cedric Thornton3151%
Vinny Curry1830%
Clifton Geathers1423%
Damion Square1220%
OUTSIDE LBs
Connor Barwin5692%
Trent Cole3049%
Brandon Graham2134%
Casey Matthews813%
INSIDE LBs
DeMeco Ryans5895%
Mychal Kendricks5793%
CORNERBACKS
Cary Williams5895%
Bradley Fletcher5590%
Brandon Boykin2134%
SAFETIES
Nate Allen5895%
Patrick Chung5895%

Not sure if Trent Cole suffered an injury, but he only played 49 percent of the snaps. The Eagles were only in nickel with Brandon Boykin in the game for 34 percent of the snaps.

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GUESSING THE LINE

The Eagles travel to Minnesota to take on the 3-9-1 Vikings next week. Minnesota is coming off a wild 29-26 loss to the Ravens. Adrian Peterson left the game in the first half with a foot injury, the severity of which is unknown.

There likely won’t be a line on this game until we find out more, but I’ll make the Eagles 6-point favorites on the road.

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