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September 20, 2022

Eagles snap count analysis: Week 2 vs. Vikings

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Dallas Goedert in currently third in the NFL among tight ends with 142 receiving yards.

In their Week 2 win over the Minnesota Vikings, the Philadelphia Eagles played 73 snaps on offense, and 61 on defense. Let's just get right to the snap counts, and some notes.

Quarterback

• 73 snaps: Jalen Hurts

Analysis: Hurts lit up the Vikings' soft zone defense all night, and made plays with his legs. The Eagles put up 24 points in the first half, and while they didn't score in the second half, Hurts still played well. The Eagles' second half drives:

  1. Drive 1: 11 plays 59 yards. Ended with a blocked FG attempt.
  2. Drive 2: 8 plays, 32 yards. An outstanding pass and catch from Hurts to Quez Watkins was negated by a Jordan Mailata hold, and the drive stalled from there.
  3. Drive 3: 2 plays, -1 yard. Kenny Gainwell had a drop that led to an INT.
  4. Drive 4: 7 plays, 29 yards. Effective all-run late-game drive that took 3:20 off the clock and made the Vikings use two timeouts.

This was the best performance of Hurts' young career.

Running back

• 39 snaps: Miles Sanders

• 19 snaps: Kenny Gainwell

• 15 snaps: Boston Scott

Analysis: On a night in which the Eagles' passing game was in high gear, they also did damage on the ground:

  1. Miles Sanders: 17 carries, 80 yards.
  2. Jalen Hurts: 11 carries, 57 yards, 2 TDs.
  3. Boston Scott: 4 carries, 19 yards.
  4. Kenny Gainwell: 2 carries, 7 yards.

Gainwell had a bad drop deep in Eagles territory that led to an INT. He's lucky that Darius Slay was able to bail him out with an INT of his own on the Vikings' ensuing possession.

Wide receiver

• 72 snaps: DeVonta Smith

• 64 snaps: A.J. Brown

• 43 snaps: Quez Watkins

• 31 snaps: Zach Pascal

Analysis: As we noted in our 10 awards from this game, Hurts spread it around on Monday night after leaning heavily on A.J. Brown Week 1.

  1. Dallas Goedert: 5-82
  2. DeVonta Smith: 7-80
  3. Quez Watkins: 2-69-1
  4. A.J. Brown: 5-69
  5. Zach Pascal: 2-14

It'll be a juggling act for Nick Sirianni, Shane Steichen, and Hurts trying to feed all the mouths in the Eagles' offense. On Monday night, everyone at least got a taste.

It felt a lot like the Eagles were going to involve Smith as early as possible after he finished with zero catches Week 1, and sure enough, they did, as they opened with a short pass to him for 5 yards. I think that's smart, by the way.

Tight end

• 61 snaps: Dallas Goedert

• 20 snaps: Jack Stoll

• 1 snap: Noah Togiai

Analysis: A season ago, Dallas Goedert was fifth in the NFL in yards per target:

To be clear, that's fifth in targets among all players, not just tight ends. His outstanding efficiency has carried over into 2022, as he is averaging 14.2 yards per target after two games. He is third among tight ends behind Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews with 142 receiving yards.

Offensive line

• 73 snaps each: Jordan Mailata, Landon Dickerson, Jason Kelce, Isaac Seumalo, Lane Johnson

Analysis: The O-line committed a bunch of penalties, but they also gave Hurts plenty of time to throw, and they opened up holes in the run game. The Eagles have to get their timing issues cleaned up on RPOs with officials calling illegal man downfield penalties tightly these days.

Defensive line

• 40 snaps: Fletcher Cox

• 38 snaps: Javon Hargrave

• 35 snaps: Josh Sweat

• 29 snaps: Brandon Graham

• 22 snaps: Milton Williams

• 21 snaps: Jordan Davis

• 18 snaps: Marlon Tuipulotu

• 6 snaps: Tarron Jackson

Analysis: The Eagles sacked Kirk Cousins twice, and they had a third negated by a Sweat facemask penalty. Otherwise, they did a nice job pressuring Cousins into some dumb throws. The Vikings' rushing attack was also non-existent, as Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison combined for 8 carries for 25 yards.

Linebacker

• 56 snaps: T.J. Edwards

• 45 snaps: Kyzir White

• 41 snaps: Haason Reddick

• 12 snaps: Patrick Johnson

Analysis: The Eagles might actually have themselves a good linebacker duo in Edwards and White. Both players were around the ball all night, and Edwards stood out at times with some physical tackles. 

Cornerback and safety

• 61 snaps each: James Bradberry, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, and Marcus Epps

• 50 snaps: Avonte Maddox

• 49 snaps: Darius Slay

• 12 snaps: Zech McPhearson

• 9 snaps: Josiah Scott

• 5 snaps: K'Von Wallace

Analysis: Slay was an absolute stud whenever he was matched up with Justin Jefferson, who was held to 6 catches for 48 yards on 12 targets. That would be 4.0 yards per target. Maddox also made an athletic leaping catch for an INT. Bradberry had a glaring missed tackle for the second straight week, and Gardner-Johnson was out of position on a deep ball to Irv Smith, but was lucky that Smith dropped the pass.


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