Snap Counts: Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Texans
Snap counts for every player on the Oakland Raiders in their Week 11 victory over the Houston Texans, including Offense, Defense and Special Teams.
The Oakland Raiders regained control of the AFC West with a win against the Texans on Monday Night Football in Mexico City, and not only that, but they also are now the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
With an 8-2 record, the Raiders now control their playoff destiny, and look poised to end their playoff and non-winning seasons drought.
Let’s take a look at the snap counts on Monday, see who played how much, and what we can learn from that information.
We’ll start with the offense.
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Snap Counts: Offense
|Player||Position||Offensive Snaps||% of Snaps||ST Snaps|
All five starting offensive linemen — Donald Penn, Kelechi Osemele, Rodney Hudson, Gabe Jackson, Austin Howard — played in 100 percent of the snaps. Which for the most part, is standard for this group. The right tackle spot has seen its fair share of issues this year.
The o-line turned out a dominant performance in pass protection, allowing Carr to be pressured just twice on 31 dropbacks, the best in the league this year. This unit should field multiple all-pros at the end of the season.
Amari Cooper saw a reduced workload of 79 percent of the snaps, as he normally floats around 90 or more percent. His touchdown reception where he broke #55 might be my new favorite this year.
Seth Roberts only played in 42 percent of the snaps, a big drop from his typically 70 or so percent. Safe to say his two drops played a role in his reduced playing time.
Olawale played a bit more than usual, and he made it count. Trailing 20-13, Olawale hauled in a pass from Derek Carr and rumbled his way 75 yards downfield for a touchdown. He’s really come on strong the last few games, and has solidified himself as one of the best fullbacks in the league, if not the best.
Menelik Watson appeared in 26 percent of the snaps, the most he’s played in quite some time. He was the team’s primary sixth offensive linemen, and he thrived in that role. Perhaps he’s on his way to earning his starting job back.
DeAndre Washington only played in 8 percent of the snaps, and it’s safe to say Jalen Richard is Oakland’s No. 2 back.
Snap Counts: Defense
|Player||Position||Defensive Snaps||% of Snaps||ST Snaps|
This week featured more of a balanced workload for the defense. Typically, nine players are above 85 percent of the snaps, and this week, it was just seven.
Perry Riley saw the biggest reduction in playing time, but it’s because he was banged up and on and off the field as a result.
Karl Joseph, 96 percent of the snaps, was one of the two best players on defense Monday night. He finished with 10 tackles, including one that saved a touchdown and one that saved a critical first down. It was his best game as a professional.
Bruce Irvin played 69 snaps (91 percent of the defensive snaps) and was completely dominant. 10 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for a loss and 1 QB hit. And his impact was felt even beyond that. It was the game Raider Nation was waiting for from Irvin.
Sean Smith returned from injury to play in 95 percent of the snaps, which was great to see. He played well, so he clearly wasn’t feeling the effect of a bad shoulder that kept him out of the Denver game.
Jihad Ward played in 58 percent of the snaps, which is still way too much playing time.
D.J. Hayden, after playing 100 percent of the snaps against the Broncos, played in just 53 percent of the snaps against Houston. And it’s a good thing it wasn’t more, because this was likely Hayden’s worst game of the season. He was beat all night long, mostly by DeAndre Hopkins, but also by Braxton Miller.
Stacy McGee returned from injury to participate in 33 percent of the snaps. Which makes sense, to ease him back into the rotation.