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Counting snaps: Minnesota Vikings in nickel often

The Minnesota Vikings spent the majority of Sunday in the nickel defense, meaning a heavy workload for Captain Munnerlyn and a light one for Chad Greenway

Despite the Green Bay Packers entering the game short on receivers with Jared Abbrederis and Ty Montgomery inactive with injuries, the Minnesota Vikings ended up spending plenty of time in their nickel defense.

Nickel cornerback Captain Munnerlyn tied his season high with 66 snaps. He had played 66 snaps against the San Diego Chargers in Week 3 and 65 against the Detroit Lions in Week 2, but Munnerlyn had been under 50 snaps a game ever since that San Diego game.

With Eric Kendricks back in the lineup after missing the last two weeks with a rib injury and with the increased nickel defense on Sunday, Chad Greenway played in only 22 snaps and that included one series in relief of Kendricks in the nickel defense.

Safety Andrew Sendejo and cornerback Xavier Rhodes were the only Vikings defenders to play all 77 defensive snaps, as the team substituted late in the game when the 30-13 loss was out of reach.

On offense, rookie Stefon Diggs was the most-used receiver, playing in 55 of 64 snaps, with Mike Wallace getting 52 snaps and Jarius Wright 33. Former starter Charles Johnson was limited to nine snaps.

Playing catch-up, the Vikings also had more of a rotation at running back, where Adrian Peterson played in only 39 of the 64 snaps. Matt Asiata got 14 plays and Jerick McKinnon had 11.

Here is the complete snap count for the Vikings: 

  Off Def ST
Players 64 77 29
J Berger 64 0 2
B Fusco 64 0 2
M Kalil 64 0 0
M Harris 64 0 2
T Clemmings 64 0 2
T Bridgewater 63 0 0
C. Johnson 9 0 0
K Rudolph 54 0 2
M Wallace 52 0 0
A Peterson 39 0 0
J Wright 33 0 0
R Ellison 21 0 16
M Asiata 14 0 10
J McKinnon 11 0 15
Z Line 14 0 13
M Pruitt 10 0 13
C Patterson 2 0 8
A Thielen 6 0 13
X Rhodes 0 77 0
A Barr 0 72 6
H Smith 0 72 5
T Newman 0 71 0
C Greenway 0 22 6
E Griffen 0 62 6
B Robison 0 66 6
A Sendejo 0 77 10
L Joseph 0 65 6
T Johnson 0 41 0
S Floyd 0 44 6
R Blanton 0 1 23
D Hunter 0 30 3
S Crichton 0 0 16
S Stephen 0 0 0
C Munnerlyn 0 66 2
E Kendricks 0 68 6
M Sherels 0 0 19
A Cole 0 0 0
T Waynes 0 6 16
A Exum 0 4 15
J Locke 0 0 8
K McDermott 0 0 8
B Walsh 0 0 5
A Shepherd 0 0 2
J Trattou 0 0 0
S Diggs 55 0 1
E Robinson 0 0 0
K Ellis 0 0 0
J Trusnik 0 3 20
B Watts 0 0 21

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