Each week we’ll take a look at the composition of the Steelers wins and losses (and ties too) by examining the team’s snap counts on offense and defense. Here’s a look at the makeup of last week’s game.
The surprise of the day was certainly Joshua Dobbs’ brief appearance for a single snap, but I’m willing to bet Steelers Nation didn’t pick out another big stat: that the offense’s jumbo package, with Roosevelt Nix and Chuks Okorafor, never saw the field.
That’s fairly impressive considering James Conner rushing for over 100 yards and a 4.5 yards-per-carry average.
An even more eye-popping stat to add to that: the Steelers offense logged 81 plays. That’s one less than they played with overtime against Cleveland in Week 1.
Jaylen Samuels also made a few brief appearances as the Steelers attempt to integrate the fifth-round versatile back into their offense.
Buh-bye cornerback rotation.
Coty Sensabaugh played all but a single snap, as he firmly holds the starting cornerback position opposite Joe Haden. Sean Davis and Terrell Edmunds continue to be iron men at the safety positions as well.
The front seven, however, is a “right tool for the job” rotation which saw L.J. Fort play a season-high 44% of the game. Fort has now logged 48 of a possible 125 snaps over the last two games (both wins).
Vince Williams saw his playing time dip to a season-low (while healthy) dropping down from his previous low a week earlier (66%) to 56% this week. That’s attributed to Fort’s rise in dime and “quarter” packages, along with a healthy Morgan Burnett receiving ample playing time too.
The shift in the middle of the field hasn’t affected Jon Bostic, who continues to see about the same amount of snaps as he has all season. Tyler Matakevich, however, is the odd man out: he, along with former starting CB Artie Burns, have not played on the defensive side of the ball for two straight games.
Anthony Chickillo is another name to note, as he’s seen his playing time rise over the last two weeks too. Dan McCullers saw his lowest timeshare of the season (5% or 3 snaps) while Tyson Alualu wasn’t utilized as frequently either.
The forgotten man on the Steelers defense is now L.T. Walton, a former spot starter who has only played in one game all season. (Walton was inactive on Sunday.)
One more name to add to this report is Cameron Sutton, who didn’t play a single defensive snap for the first time this season.
Statistics courtesy of the National Football League