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A look at the Detroit Lions' personnel against the Green Bay Packers.

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When a football team is dominating like the Detroit Lions were on Sunday, everyone wants to get in on the fun. Because the game was decided early in the third quarter, the Lions deployed a variety of lineups and many players got a chance in the game. Here's the overall snap count for the Lions' game against the Philadelphia Eagles:

Offense:

QUARTERBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Matthew Stafford 65 100%






RUNNING BACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Theo Riddick 34 52%

Ameer Abdullah 20 31% 4 13%
Joique Bell 14 22% 3 10%
George Winn

21 68%





FULLBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Michael Burton 19 29% 11 35%





WIDE RECEIVER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Calvin Johnson 64 98%

Golden Tate 53 82% 6 19%
TJ Jones 30 46%

Corey Fuller 11 17% 17 55%





TIGHT END OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Eric Ebron 41 63%

Brandon Pettigrew 39 60%






OFFENSIVE TACKLE OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Riley Reiff 65 100% 5 16%
Michael Ola 42 65% 4 13%
LaAdrian Waddle 23 35% 5 16%
Cornelius Lucas

5 16%
OFFENSIVE GUARD/CENTER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Laken Tomlinson 65 100% 5 16%
Manny Ramirez 65 100% 2 6%
Larry Warford 65 100% 3 10%





Analysis:

  • Eric Ebron got his snap counts back up after a dip in action over the past few weeks. Unfortunately, the increase in field time did not seem to increase his production, as Ebron only saw two targets all game.
  • TJ Jones got a healthy chunk of playing time in Lance Moore's absence. It was the first action he saw in over a month. He finished with two catches for 37 yards.
  • LaAdrian Waddle came in for an injured Michael Ola. Waddle only played 23 snaps, but he made his impact felt (in a very bad way).

Defense:

DEFENSIVE END DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Devin Taylor 42 63% 12 39%
Jason Jones 40 60% 4 13%
Ezekiel Ansah 39 58% 4 13%
Darryl Tapp 28 42% 16 52%





DEFENSIVE TACKLE DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Haloti Ngata 43 64% 5 16%
Caraun Reid 36 54%

C.J. Wilson 20 30% 1 3%
Khyri Thornton 19 28%






LINEBACKER DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Tahir Whitehead 55 82% 12 39%
Stephen Tulloch 51 76%

Josh Bynes 26 39% 17 55%
Brandon Copeland 1 1% 22 71%
Kyle Van Noy

24 77%
Travis Lewis

15 48%





CORNERBACK DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Darius Slay 67 100% 4 13%
Nevin Lawson 66 99% 2 6%
Quandre Diggs 53 79% 10 32%
Crezdon Butler 2 3% 8 26%





SAFETY DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Isa Abdul-Quddus 67 100% 11 35%
Glover Quin 67 100% 4 13%
Don Carey 12 18% 24 77%
James Ihedigbo 2 3%

Isaiah Johnson

20 65%

Specialists

KICKER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Matt Prater 5 16%



PUNTER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Sam Martin 17 55%



LONG SNAPPER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Don Muhlbach 11 35%

Analysis:

  • Another weird game for defensive end personnel. Ezekiel Ansah was third among DEs in playing time (barely). Perhaps it was just a case of the Lions riding the hot hand, as Devin Taylor was playing out of his mind.
  • Very interesting situation with the linebackers. After Josh Bynes was going through concussion protocol and Travis Lewis went down with an ankle injury, it was assumed Kyle Van Noy or Brandon Copeland would see the field more. Instead, the Lions upped Tahir Whitehead and Stephen Tulloch's snaps and played mostly with nickel personnel (two linebackers, five defensive backs) the rest of the way.
  • Haloti Ngata saw a huge increase in playing time (49 percent last week, 64 percent this week). This is a good sign that Ngata isn't just playing better, but he's getting healthier.