Snap Counts: Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos

Snap counts for every player on the Oakland Raiders in their Week 9 victory over the Denver Broncos, including Offense, Defense and Special Teams.

The Oakland Raiders seized control of the AFC West with a 30-20 victory in primetime against the Denver Broncos.

Let’s take a look at the snap counts on Sunday, see who played how much, and what we can learn from that information.

We’ll start with the offense.

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Nov 6, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) calls a play against the Denver Broncos in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Snap Counts: Offense

Player Position Offensive Snaps % of Snaps ST Snaps
Kelechi Osemele G 88 100% 7
Gabe Jackson G 88 100% 7
Rodney Hudson C 88 100%
Derek Carr QB 88 100%
Donald Penn T 87 99% 7
Austin Howard T 79 90% 6
Clive Walford TE 74 84% 11
Amari Cooper WR 67 76% 1
Michael Crabtree WR 51 58%
Mychal Rivera TE 48 55% 8
Latavius Murray RB 43 49%
Denver Kirkland G 42 48% 7
Seth Roberts WR 29 33%
Andre Holmes WR 28 32% 17
Jalen Richard RB 21 24% 8
DeAndre Washington RB 18 20% 4
Jamize Olawale FB 16 18% 19
Menelik Watson T 10 11% 1
Johnny Holton WR 3 3% 7
Taiwan Jones RB 20
Sebastian Janikowski K 14
Jon Condo LS 11
Marquette King P 11
Jon Feliciano G 10

Par for the course for the offensive line, as four of the five played in 99 percent of the snaps — Austin Howard was benched for one series and played in 90 percent of the snaps. It was another dominating performance from the o-line.

The most surprising thing about this week’s snap counts is Clive Walford at 84 percent, which is easily a season-high for him.

Walford even out-snapped Amari Cooper, who appeared in just 76 percent of the snaps. But considering the game plan, it makes sense. The Raiders went big on offense and dominated the trenches.

Michael Crabtree had a quiet game — 2 catches for 27 yards — and he played just 58 percent of the snaps. Nothing to worry about, though. Crab has been fantastic all season long, and he’ll get back on track.

Latavius Murray didn’t even play half of the offensive snaps (49 percent) yet he dominated Denver’s defense. He earned JBB’s weekly Game Ball, totaling 114 yards on 20 carries, with 3 touchdowns.

Facing the No. 1 pass rush in the NFL, Mike Tice and the offensive line made it a point to double-down on protection, often utilizing a sixth offensive lineman. Denver Kirkland was the man for the job, and he have a very good showing Sunday night.

There was a Menelik Watson sighting for 10 snaps, which was great to see. Watson was solid in his time on the field, and it’s unfortunate he couldn’t play more. Perhaps after the bye week, he’ll get his starting job back.

Nov 6, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29) gestures toward the crowd during a timeout against the Denver Broncos in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Snap Counts: Defense

Player Position Defensive Snaps % of Snaps ST Snaps
D.J. Hayden CB 56 100% 5
David Amerson CB 56 100%
Perry Riley LB 56 100%
Reggie Nelson FS 56 100%
Karl Joseph SS 56 100%
Malcolm Smith LB 54 96%
Khalil Mack DE 50 89% 5
Bruce Irvin LB 50 89% 5
T.J. Carrie CB 47 84% 5
Jihad Ward DE 33 59%
Denico Autry DE 32 57% 5
Darius Latham NT 27 48% 5
Dan Williams DT 14 25% 5
Justin Ellis NT 14 25% 5
Shilique Calhoun LB 12 21% 13
Cory James LB 2 4% 20
Antonio Hamilton CB 1 2% 12
Nate Allen SS 25
Daren Bates LB 25
Keith McGill FS 21
Brynden Trawick FS 20

The Raiders have been relying a lot more on their starters in recent weeks, as opposed to reaching into the depth chart and utilizing the rotation. That could be a small reason for the defensive improvement the last few weeks, among other reasons.

9 out of 11 players appeared in 84 percent or more of the defensive snaps, and 10 of the 11 were above 89 percent. So there were really only two players that primarily rotated, and that typically has been the interior of the defensive line.

Khalil Mack was once again dominant, playing in 89 percent of the snaps. He recorded 2 sacks including a sack-fumble that eventually led to a Latavius Murray touchdown.

Carrie — 84 percent of the snaps — had a rough showing, which was disappointed. He struggled in coverage just one week after the opposite was true. It seems the increased role due to Sean Smith’s injury was too much for him to handle.

Jihad Ward appeared in 59 percent of the snaps and failed to make an impact.

Darius Latham, at 48 percent, had one of his best games. 3 tackles including 1 for a loss and he was continually disruptive. He needs to play more than Ward.

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