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Minnesota Vikings snap counts: Plenty of tight end use

The Minnesota Vikings gave their tight ends plenty of work again on Sunday and made due with what they had available at linebacker.

Cordarrelle Patterson and Adam Thielen made the most of their limited offensive playing time. Patterson played in just two offensive snaps and turned in a 6-yard run, and Thielen played one snap, a 14-yard run for a first down immediately after Patterson's run.

Their limited use showed just how intent the Vikings were on using their tight ends to help the running game. Kyle Rudolph played in 85 percent of the 62 offensive snaps, Rhett Ellison was used in 60 percent of the plays and MyCole Pruitt in 27 percent.

On defense, safeties Andrew Sendejo and Harrison Smith, along with cornerback Xavier Rhodes, played all 64 defensive snaps. The linebacker situation was the most precarious with Eric Kendricks out with a rib injury. Chad Greenway missed only one snap when he was banged up, and Anthony Barr missed only seven snaps while playing with a bum hand. Brandon Watts played in 23 snaps at Greenway's usual weakside spot while Greenway slid to the middle to cover for Kenricks.

VIKINGS  SNAPS VS. RAIDERS

  Off Def ST
Players 62 64 29
J Berger 62 0 2
B Fusco 62 0 8
M Kalil 62 0 8
M Harris 62 0 8
T Clemmings 62 0 8
T Bridgewater 62 0 0
C. Johnson 15 0 0
K Rudolph 53 0 8
M Wallace 42 0 0
A Peterson 45 0 0
J Wright 17 0 0
R Ellison 37 0 15
M Asiata 13 0 10
J McKinnon 4 0 16
Z Line 18 0 3
M Pruitt 17 0 6
C Patterson 2 0 3
A Thielen 1 0 17
X Rhodes 0 64 0
A Barr 0 57 2
H Smith 0 64 2
T Newman 0 53 0
C Greenway 0 63 2
E Griffen 0 58 2
B Robison 0 62 2
A Sendejo 0 64 8
L Joseph 0 46 2
T Johnson 0 44 1
S Floyd 0 23 1
R Blanton 0 1 19
D Hunter 0 22 6
S Crichton 0 0 24
S Stephen 0 0 0
C Munnerlyn 0 49 1
E Kendricks 0 0 0
M Sherels 0 0 18
A Cole 0 0 0
T Waynes 0 11 17
A Exum 0 0 16
J Locke 0 0 11
K McDermott 0 0 11
B Walsh 0 0 15
A Shepherd 1 0 6
J Trattou 0 0 0
S Diggs 45 0 0
E Robinson 0 0 19
K Ellis 0 0 0
J Trusnik 0 0 11
B Watts 0 23 11

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