Cardinals’ Week 8 defensive snap counts and observations

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In the Arizona Cardinals24-21 Week 8 defeat to the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, the defense was on the field for 73 snaps, 14 more than the offense was on the field.

How was Thursday’s defensive playing time split up?

Below, we go over each individual and position group and give the snap counts and some observations about the numbers.

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Defensive line

Zach Allen, 57; Jordan Phillips, 50; Leki Fotu, 37; Michael Dogbe, 25; Josh Mauro, 17

This is roughly what you would expect with no J.J. Watt, Corey Peters or Rashard Lawrence. Peters and Lawrence hopefully return in Week 9.

Watt’s status is up in the air, as to when he could return.

Outside linebacker

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Chandler Jones, 62; Markus Golden, 43; Devon Kennard, 12; Dennis Gardeck, 5

Isaiah Simmons also played a bit on the edge, though his snaps are accounted for at inside linebacker.

Inside linebacker

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Jordan Hicks, 73; Isaiah Simmons, 71; Tanner Vallejo, 29; Zaven Collins, 3

The Cardinals used a lot of base defense, which is why Vallejo got a lot of work. Collins exited early in the game with a shoulder injury and did not return.

Hicks continues to stay on the field all the time.

Cornerbacks

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Byron Murphy, 73; Marco Wilson, 70; Robert Alford, 44

Murphy was the only player other than Hicks to play every defensive snap.

Safety

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Budda Baker, 67; Jalen Thompson, 64; Deionte Thompson, 1

I do not recall DT getting in the game at all.

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