Vikings Snap Counts: Sorting through makeshift O-line

The Minnesota Vikings had four offensive linemen play all 74 snaps in their loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, but it wasn’t the way they imagined.

More Vikings coverage

Joe Berger, Rashod Hill, Nick Easton and Jeremiah Sirles were the troopers in the trenches for the entire afternoon. But two of them — Hill and Sirles — were forced to switch positions mid-game.

Already without starting center Pat Elflein and starting right tackle Mike Remmers, the Vikings lost left tackle Riley Reiff to an ankle injury in the third quarter.

That forced Hill to move from right to left tackle, Sirles to shift from left to right guard and rookie Danny Isidora to appear in his third career game at left guard.

Unfortunately, The Vikings’ patched-up offensive line couldn’t maintain the high level of play we’ve seen from the unit this season. They allowed a season-high six sacks, as quarterback Case Keenum spent a good part of the second half in the grass, staring up at the Carolina sky.

Other notes from Sunday’s snap counts:

— Although fullback C.J. Ham played in just eight snaps — his lowest output since Week 6 — his involvement in the offense continued. Ham has recorded a reception or carry in four of the last five weeks. He moved the ball nine yards on a screen pass against the Panthers, once again showing his rather surprising illusiveness in the open field.

— Not showing any signs of slowing down at age 39, cornerback Terence Newman has played over 40 percent of the snaps in every game this season except one.

— Linval Joseph was extra hungry Sunday, leading the team with 10 tackles and one sack while playing in 81 percent of the defensive snaps.

OFFENSE

PLAYER PLAYS (74) %
Berger 74 100%
Hill 74 100%
Easton 74 100%
Sirles 74 100%
Keenum 73 99%
Diggs 70 95%
Thielen 69 93%
Rudolph 55 74%
Reiff 51 69%
McKinnon 42 57%
Murray 32 43%
Treadwell 32 43%
Bell 31 42%
Wright 26 35%
Isidora 23 31%
Ham 8 11%
Floyd 5 7%
Sloter 1 1%

DEFENSE

PLAYER PLAYS (64) %
Sendejo 64 100%
Smith 64 100%
Barr 64 100%
Kendricks 64 100%
Rhodes 63 98%
Griffen 60 94%
Waynes 57 89%
Joseph 51 80%
Hunter 48 75%
Stephen 39 61%
T. Johnson 32 50%
Newman 30 47%
Robison 28 44%
Gedeon 25 39%
Alexander 15 23%