No wonder Adrian Peterson said the Minnesota Vikings have to evaluate some things on offense. For the first time this season, the Vikings used Jerick McKinnon more at running back than Peterson, as offensive coordinator Norv Turner turned to catch-up mode early as the running game went stagnant and McKinnon’s pass-catching ability became more valuable.
Peterson was only in for 20 of the Vikings’ 52 offensive snaps while McKinnon got 22 snaps. Matt Asiata received 10 snaps and fullback Zach Line was only in for four snaps on offense. It was the fewest number of snaps for Peterson this year and the most for McKinnon.
The top three receivers got plenty of action. Rookie Stefon Diggs led the way with 45 snaps, followed by Mike Wallace with 40 and Jarius Wright with 29. Charles Johnson had seven snaps, Adam Thielen had six and Cordarrelle Patterson didn’t get any offensive snaps for the second straight game.
The defense, of course, was playing short-handed for most of the game. Nose tackle Linval Joseph was inactive with a foot injury, linebacker Anthony Barr left after seven snaps with a groin injury and safety Harrison Smith played only 10 snaps before leaving with a hamstring injury.
Middle linebacker Eric Kendricks was the only player to be used for all 67 defensive snaps while Antone Exum, making his second start as an injury fill-in at safety, missed only one snap. Robert Blanton, filling in for Smith, played in 56 snaps, but cornerback Terence Newman, who played in 60 snaps, had to fill in for Blanton at safety at one point because the Vikings were out of safeties.
Jason Trusnik – who filled for Barr in the base defense with Chad Greenway played in both base and nickel with Barr out – played in a season-high 30 snaps on defense and 23 on special teams. Trusnik had only played in three defensive snaps previously after being signed on Nov. 10.
VIKINGS SNAP COUNTS vs. SEAHAWKS