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Counting Minnesota Vikings snaps: Almost exclusively nickel

The New York Giants’ persistent use of three wide receivers had the Minnesota Vikings in their nickel defense nearly the whole game.

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway nearly got the night off as the New York Giants employed their three-receiver sets often.

While four defenders – safeties Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo, and linebackers Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr – played all 66 snaps on defense against the Giants, Greenway was in for only two defensive snaps.

That meant nickel cornerback Captain Munnerlyn saw his most extensive time of the season to date, playing all but two defensive snaps. With so much action in the secondary, the Vikings rotated their outside cornerbacks, with Terence Newman playing 56 snaps, Xavier Rhodes 45 and Trae Waynes 31.

Offensively, if it looked like Cordarrelle Patterson was on the field more than, it’s because he was. And then some. In the first three games of the season, Patterson played a combined 13 snaps on offense. In the fourth game, he played in 36 snaps.

TE Kyle Rudolph was the most-used of the skill-position players, playing in 72 of the 74 offensive snaps, with WR Stefon Diggs next at 69. WR Charles Johnson, who had his best game of the season, was only on the field for 22 snaps but made the most of them, catching two passes for 70 yards.

VIKINGS SNAP COUNTS VS. GIANTS

  Week 4
  vs. New York Giants
  Off Def ST
Players 74 66 27
J Berger 74 0 5
B Fusco 74 0 5
A Smith 6 0 0
A Boone 74 0 0
T Clemmings 74 0 0
S Bradford 74 0 0
K Rudolph 72 0 5
S Diggs 69 0 0
C Johnson 22 0 3
A Thielen 39 0 8
D Morgan 0 0 0
Z Line 24 0 11
J McKinnon 46 0 0
R Ellison 16 0 11
M Asiata 29 0 10
C Patterson 36 0 5
J Wright 0 0 0
L Treadwell 2 0 3
Z Kerin 2 0 5
N Easton 0 0 0
J Sirles 68 0 5
M Pruitt 13 0 9
A Peterson 0 0 0
S Hill 0 0 0
M Kalil 0 0 0
A Sendejo 0 66 11
E Kendricks 0 66 3
A Barr 0 66 3
H Smith 0 66 2
X Rhodes 0 45 0
T Newman 0 56 2
T Waynes 0 31 9
E Griffen 0 54 3
B Robison 0 55 2
L Joseph 0 38 2
C Munnerlyn 0 64 0
D Hunter 0 40 1
C Greenway 0 2 3
T Johnson 0 41 1
S Floyd 0 0 0
S Stephen 0 34 8
M Alexander 0 0 8
A Harris 0 0 19
M Sherels 0 0 22
A Cole 0 0 19
E Lamur 0 0 19
J Trattou 0 2 15
J Kearse 0 0 7
K Brothers 0 0 0
E Robinson 0 0 16
B Walsh 0 0 10
K McDermott 0 0 11
J Locke 0 0 11

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