Here's a look at the snap counts for the Detroit Lions from their Week 12 game against the Minnesota Vikings.
|QUARTERBACK||OFFENSIVE SNAPS||PERCENTAGE||SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS||PERCENTAGE|
|RUNNING BACK||OFFENSIVE SNAPS||PERCENTAGE||SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS||PERCENTAGE|
|FULLBACK||OFFENSIVE SNAPS||PERCENTAGE||SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS||PERCENTAGE|
|WIDE RECEIVER||OFFENSIVE SNAPS||PERCENTAGE||SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS||PERCENTAGE|
|TIGHT END||OFFENSIVE SNAPS||PERCENTAGE||SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS||PERCENTAGE|
|OFFENSIVE TACKLE||OFFENSIVE SNAPS||PERCENTAGE||SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS||PERCENTAGE|
|OFFENSIVE GUARD/CENTER||OFFENSIVE SNAPS||PERCENTAGE||SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS||PERCENTAGE|
- The Detroit Lions went with three wide receivers on nearly three-quarters of their offensive plays. Anquan Boldin made the most of his snaps, catching seven passes on just 45 snaps.
- Graham Glasgow was benched for nearly half of the game. Laken Tomlinson took over early in the first half while Glasgow eventually returned to finish the game. It's not clear whether this was injury related, but the Lions did not announce an injury in game, suggesting this was performance based.
- I wouldn't be surprised to see the Lions go without a fullback next year. Michael Burton had just two snaps on Thursday and seems to be getting phased out of this offense entirely.
|DEFENSIVE END||DEFENSIVE SNAPS||PERCENTAGE||SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS||PERCENTAGE|
|DEFENSIVE TACKLE||DEFENSIVE SNAPS||PERCENTAGE||SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS||PERCENTAGE|
|LINEBACKER||DEFENSIVE SNAPS||PERCENTAGE||SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS||PERCENTAGE|
|CORNERBACK||DEFENSIVE SNAPS||PERCENTAGE||SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS||PERCENTAGE|
|SAFETY||DEFENSIVE SNAPS||PERCENTAGE||SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS||PERCENTAGE|
- Ezekiel Ansah was still listed with an ankle injury all week on the injury support, so it may not be too much of a surprise that it was Kerry Hyder who had the most snaps at defensive end. Hopefully, we see those Ansah numbers increase down the stretch, because we're starting to see him make an impact during those snaps.
- He may not have gotten the official start, but A'Shawn Robinson is essentially getting the workload of a starting defensive tackle, and his play warrants it.
- The Lions decided to roll with Josh Bynes as the starting linebacker aside Tahir Whitehead despite Bynes' shaky game against the Jaguars. Bynes responded nicely by having his best game of the year.
- Let's talk about Miles Killebrew. Last week, he had five tackles on 12 defensive snaps. This week he had five tackles on nine defensive snaps. A few of those tackles happened on special teams, but that kind of defensive efficiency is pretty amazing. Expect Killebrew to see his role increase soon.
- As for the safeties overall, you can clearly see the Lions favor putting three on the field over three linebackers. Antwione Williams only saw the field 27 percent of the time while Rafael Bush was out there more than half of the time. It looks like the three safety looks that Andrew Kato pointed out earlier in the week are here to stay.