Snap counts: Minnesota Vikings’ nickel defense tested against Detroit Lions

The snap counts said it all. The Minnesota Vikings’ nickel defense got a workout on Sunday.

The Vikings spent much of their Sunday afternoon in the nickel defense, as evidenced by the snap counts registered by players on defense.

Captain Munnerlyn, the team’s nickel cornerback, played in 65 of the 78 defensive snaps. Middle linebacker Gerald Hodges had played mainly in the base defense, but after so much time spent in the nickel defense, where rookie Eric Kendricks got 53 snaps, the Vikings eventually paired Hodges with Anthony Barr in the nickel defense for the Detroit Lions’ final drive of the game. Hodges still ended up with only 28 snaps, but that was double the amount of snaps veteran Chad Greenway got.

Four players took all 78 defensive snaps – safeties Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo, and cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes and Terence Newman.

On offense, all five starting offensive lineman and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater took all 65 snaps. Charles Johnson was the leader among the receiving corps, playing 60 snaps, followed by Mike Wallace (55), Jarius Wright (46) and finally Adam Thielen (1). Cordarrelle Patterson didn’t play at all on offense.

Adrian Peterson took the vast majority of the snaps at running back, 52, while Jerick McKinnon played nine, Matt Asiata four and fullback Zach Line 14.

Snap counts vs. Lions 

  Offense Defense Special Teams
Players 65 78 24
J Berger 65 0 5
B Fusco 65 0 5
M Kalil 65 0 5
M Harris 65 0 5
T Clemmings 65 0 5
T Bridgewater 65 0 0
C Johnson 60 0 0
K Rudolph 55 0 5
M Wallace 55 0 0
A Peterson 52 0 0
J Wright 46 0 0
R Ellison 21 0 21
M Asiata 4 0 11
J McKinnon 9 0 9
Z Line 14 0 6
M Pruitt 4 0 5
C Patterson 0 0 3
A Thielen 1 0 16
X Rhodes 0 78 5
A Barr 0 75 3
H Smith 0 78 2
T Newman 0 78 1
C Greenway 0 14 4
G Hodges 0 28 3
E Griffen 0 74 3
B Robison 0 64 4
A Sendejo 0 78 10
L Joseph 0 35 2
T Johnson 0 45 1
S Floyd 0 60 3
R Blanton 0 0 11
D Hunter 0 0 0
S Crichton 0 13 7
S Stephen 0 14 0
C Munnerlyn 0 65 1
E Kendricks 0 53 6
M Sherels 0 0 17
A Cole 0 0 16
T Waynes 0 0 11
A Exum 0 0 12
J Locke 0 0 8
K McDermott 0 0 8
B Walsh 0 0 11
A Shepherd 4 0 0
J Trattou 0 6 14

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