Here’s a breakdown of the snap counts from the Philadelphia Eagles’ 31 to 13 win over the Buffalo Bills in Week 8 of the 2019 NFL season.
Carson Wentz and the starting offensive line playing the entire game is typically a recipe for success. The Eagles’ blockers often bullied the Bills. Neither Lane Johnson nor Jason Kelce have missed a single snap this season.
This was clearly a big 12 personnel game for the Eagles with Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert both seeing a lot of playing time. Ertz only had two receptions for 20 yards while Goedert had three for 22 and one score. Running out of two tight end sets continues to work well for this team.
Nelson Agholor played the most snaps of any wide receiver and yet only had four receptions for seven yards ... in addition to two carries for seven yards. Let’s look at how Eagles wide receivers are producing over the last five weeks:
Nelson Agholor: 285 snaps, 11 recs, 93 yards (8.5 average), 0 TD, 1 fumble
Alshon Jeffery: 282 snaps, 25 recs, 268 yards (10.7 average), 2 TD
Mack Hollins: 182 snaps, 1 recs, 13 yards, 0 TD
JJ Arcega-Whiteside: 29 snaps, 0 recs, 0 yards, 0 TD
Yeah, the Eagles could really use a wide receiver ahead of the trade deadline. And/or DeSean Jackson getting healthy. Paying $9.4 million for Agholor’s services continues to look insane.
Jordan Howard dominated the running back workload with 23 carries for 96 yards and one touchdown in addition to one reception for 15 yards.
Miles Sanders was extremely efficient with his touches. In only 13 snaps played, the rookie accounted for 118 yards of offense (three carries for 74 yards and one touchdown ... plus three receptions for 44 yards). Sanders would’ve seen more playing time if he didn’t have to leave the game early with a shoulder injury.
Boston Scott scored his first NFL touchdown when both Howard and Sanders were getting evaluated for injury.
The Eagles used Halapoulivaati Vaitai as an extra offensive linemen for 15 plays. Doesn’t hurt to show him off a little bit before the trade deadline.
Malcolm Jenkins still hasn’t missed a single defensive snap this season. How selfish of him.
Ronald Darby nearly played the entire game in his first start since getting hurt in Week 3. He was briefly spelled by Rasul Douglas at one point.
Derek Barnett played the most snaps of any defensive lineman and had 0.5 sacks, 0.5 tackle for loss, and a team-leading three quarterback hits.
Fletcher Cox regained his beast form by tying the team lead in tackles in addition to 1.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles for loss, and two quarterback hits. It bodes well for the Eagles that he looks healthy and effective.
Obviously a big game for Brandon Graham as he notched six tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, and one quarterback hit. His forced fumble unfortunately doesn’t count as a strip sack since it was a running play by Josh Allen.
Sidney Jones played a good deal of snaps in the nickel. His most memorable rep was when he got burnt by Cole Beasley for a first down conversion on 3rd-and-8. One would think Jones will be replaced by Avonte Maddox in the slot as soon as this weekend.
Practice squad call-up Bruce Hector got the start next to Cox and played the second most snaps of any defensive tackle.
I can’t really remember seeing Andrew Sendejo live but he did finish the game with two tackles. It should really be his last or second-to-last with the team.
Josh Sweat left the game early to get evaluated for an injury. Sweat did not log a stat despite playing 20 defensive snaps.
Undrafted rookie free agent linebacker T.J. Edwards finished fifth on the team in tackles despite only playing 15 snaps. He’s currently the third linebacker in the pecking order behind Nathan Gerry and Kamu Grugier-Hill.
Undrafted rookie free agent defensive tackles Albert Huggins and Anthony Rush played sparingly their NFL debuts.
Duke Riley took several defensive snaps for the second week in a row.
Shareef Miller was active for the first time in his career last week but didn’t play a single snap. He managed to briefly get on the field against the Bills.
DID NOT PLAY
INACTIVE: DeSean Jackson, Jason Peters, Nigel Bradham, Avonte Maddox, Timmy Jernigan, Darren Sproles, Nate Herbig.
ACTIVE: Nate Sudfeld, Josh McCown