Packers Snap Counts: Healthy again, Matthews causes havoc

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews had 2.5 sacks while playing in 56 snaps against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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After missing last week’s matchup with Pittsburgh, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was back to destroying offensive lines at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

Matthews played in 74 percent of the snaps against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and tallied 2.5 sacks and seven tackles, both season highs. He hadn’t recorded at least 2.5 sacks in a single game since Dec. 21, 2014 against (who else?) the Buccaneers.

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The 31-year-old linebacker is playing at a high level after a slow 2016 season. Matthews missed four games with a hamstring injury, played in just 46 percent of the snaps and tallied a career-low five sacks. It’s been a different story in 2017.

Matthews became Green Bay’s all-time sack leader in late September, surpassing Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. He ranks second on the team in sacks (6.0) this year, one behind fellow linebacker Nick Perry, and has played in about 70 percent of the snaps on defense.

Other notes from Sunday’s snap counts:

— Jordy Nelson lined up for one more snap than Davante Adams. Nelson also saw more targets (8) than Adams (6) for the first time since Week 4, when Aaron Rodgers was still on the field.

— Linebacker Joe Thomas, who has battled ankle injuries all year, played in his first defensive snaps since Week 4 against the Bears.

— Rookie running back Aaron Jones was the hero with his 20-yard touchdown run that sealed the victory in overtime. He was on the field for just two snaps. Now that’s efficiency!

 

GAME 12: BUCCANEERS (OFFENSE)

PLAYER Plays (55) %
Taylor 55 100%
Bakhtiari 55 100%
Evans 55 100%
Spriggs 55 100%
Linsley 55 100%
Hundley 55 100%
Nelson 50 91%
Adams 49 89%
Williams 48 87%
Cobb 41 75%
Kendricks 30 55%
R. Rodgers 29 53%
Ripkowski 12 22%
Allison 9 16%
John 2 4%
A. Jones 2 4%
Davis 1 2%
Janis 1 2%

GAME 12: BUCCANEERS (DEFENSE)

PLAYER Plays (76) %
Martinez 76 100%
Clinton-Dix 76 100%
Burnett 76 100%
House 74 97%
J. Jones 60 79%
Daniels 58 76%
Perry 56 74%
Matthews 56 74%
Randall 52 68%
Ryan 43 57%
Lowry 38 50%
Clark 38 50%
Fackrell 31 41%
Brooks 29 38%
Dial 26 34%
Whitehead 23 30%
Hawkins 14 18%
Thomas 10 13%