Counting snaps: Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Despite a “soft” performance on the offensive line, according to coach Mike Zimmer, the Minnesota Vikings seemed interested in getting a rotation going there.

The Minnesota Vikings had an interesting tactic Sunday in a 21-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Looking to get newly acquired offensive tackle Jake Long some work, the Vikings rotated Long in at left tackle for a couple of series, sending T.J. Clemmings to right tackle on those occasions and right tackle Jeremiah Sirles to the sideline.

That rotation lasted only 13 snaps. After Long was beaten around the edge twice for strip sacks, the rotation ended and Clemmings settled in at left tackle and Sirles at right tackle. Clemmings ended up playing all 76 offensive snaps and Sirles played in all but the 13 snaps in which Long played.

Another curiosity was how little some of their tight ends played given the protection issues for QB Sam Bradford. Rhett Ellison, considered their best blocking tight end, played only 13 snaps, and David Morgan didn’t get any snaps on offense. Both were coming off injuries. Kyle Rudolph played in 72 of the 76 snaps, but fullback Zach Line played only 15 snaps.

Defensively, with Andrew Sendejo suffering a sprained ankle six snaps into the game after he returned an interception to the 2-yard line, Jayron Kearse played in 52 of the 58 defensive snaps.

The Vikings continued their rotation at cornerback, with Xavier Rhodes playing 44 snaps, Terence Newman 48 and Trae Waynes 24.

VIKINGS SNAPS vs. EAGLES

  Week 7
  at Philadelphia Eagles
  Off Def ST
Players 76 58 22
J Berger 76 0 2
B Fusco 76 0 2
A Boone 76 0 0
T Clemmings 76 0 2
J Sirles 63 0 2
J Long 13 0 0
S Bradford 76 0 0
K Rudolph 72 0 2
S Diggs 61 0 0
C Johnson 18 0 5
A Thielen 67 0 4
D Morgan 0 0 5
Z Line 15 0 7
J McKinnon 16 0 0
R Hillman 4 0 0
R Ellison 13 0 8
M Asiata 57 0 10
C Patterson 51 0 10
J Wright 0 0 0
L Treadwell 0 0 0
Z Kerin 6 0 2
N Easton 0 0 0
M Pruitt 0 0 0
A Peterson 0 0 0
S Hill 0 0 0
A Sendejo 0 6 2
E Kendricks 0 58 4
A Barr 0 58 4
H Smith 0 58 4
X Rhodes 0 44 0
T Newman 0 48 3
T Waynes 0 24 8
E Griffen 0 56 4
B Robison 0 41 3
L Joseph 0 50 4
C Munnerlyn 0 34 0
D Hunter 0 27 1
C Greenway 0 24 4
T Johnson 0 25 1
S Floyd 0 0 0
S Stephen 0 33 5
M Alexander 0 0 7
A Harris 0 0 17
M Sherels 0 0 21
A Cole 0 0 17
E Lamur 0 0 15
J Trattou 0 0 16
J Kearse 0 52 16
K Brothers 0 0 0
E Robinson 0 0 17
B Walsh 0 0 5
K McDermott 0 0 7
J Locke 0 0 7
A Smith 0 0 0
M Kalil 0 0 0

 

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