Ravens’ Week 17 snap counts vs. Bengals: Playoffs, here we come!

Neil Dutton
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The Baltimore Ravens punched their ticket to the postseason on Sunday, as they thumped the Cincinnati Bengals 38-3 to improve to 11-5 on the season. The win ensured playoff football for the Ravens for the third season in a row.

Baltimore came into the game with a few injury concerns, with starters Patrick Mekari, Willie Snead, Yannick Ngakoue, and Jimmy Smith all inactive. But thankfully they emerged from the game without any additions to the injury list while coach John Harbaugh was optimistic some would return for the postseason.

Over the last few weeks, the Ravens’ offense has looked dangerous and reminiscent of the form it showed as they steamrolled the league a year ago. In combination with their stifling defense, the snap counts will tell quite a lot about which players the Ravens could lean on during the playoffs.

Let’s check out Baltimore’s offensive and defensive snap counts from Week 17.

Ravens offensive snap counts vs. Bengals

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On a day where the Ravens ran for more than 400 yards, it is not surprising that they enjoyed continuity along the offensive line. Four of the starters appeared on every offensive play, namely Orlando Brown, Bradley Bozeman, Ben Powers, and rookie Trystan Colon-Castillo. Another first-year player, Tyre Phillips, was in for 41 of the Ravens 74 snaps.Marquise Brown, as has become something approaching the norm, led the wide receivers in snaps played. Brown was in for 43 plays, a share of 58%, and he led the team with eight targets. He brought in five of them for 41 yards and two touchdowns. Miles Boykin was second with 37 snaps and he caught one of his two targets for a 43-yard touchdown. Dez Bryant and Devin Duvernay played a combined 53 snaps and drew a single target between them. It was not a day in which too much was asked of the Ravens pass-catchers, with Lamar Jackson attempting just 18 passes. The running backs were once again platooned, though the rotation seemed to agree with rookie J.K Dobbins. He led the group with 32 snaps, a share of just 43%, while Gus Edwards was in on just 19. Mark Ingram, returning to the game-day roster, saw action on 17 plays. Dobbins had 13 rushing attempts to Edwards 12 while Ingram had nine. But Dobbins turned his chances into 160 yards and two touchdowns. Edwards and Ingram combined for 109. Here are the offensive snap counts in full:

Player

Position

Snaps

%

Orlando Brown

T

74

100%

Bradley Bozeman

G

74

100%

Ben Powers

G

74

100%

Trystan Colon-Castillo

C

74

100%

Lamar Jackson

QB

57

77%

Patrick Ricard

FB

51

69%

Marquise Brown

WR

43

58%

Mark Andrews

TE

42

57%

Tyre Phillips

G

41

55%

Eric Tomlinson

TE

38

51%

Miles Boykin

WR

37

50%

D.J. Fluker

G

33

45%

J.K. Dobbins

RB

32

43%

Devin Duvernay

WR

30

41%

Dez Bryant

WR

23

31%

Gus Edwards

RB

19

26%

Tyler Huntley

QB

17

23%

Ben Bredeson

G

17

23%

Mark Ingram

RB

17

23%

Chris Moore

WR

12

16%

Justice Hill

RB

9

12%

Ravens defensive snap counts vs. Bengals

AP Photo/Aaron Doster

For the first time all season, not a single Raven defender played 100% of the defensive snaps. The one-sided nature of the game meant that Don Martindale could fiddle with his lineup a bit more than normal, giving his stars an extra breather after a season like no other. As has become customary, the players who played on the most defensive snaps were in the defensive backfield. Chuck Clark played 41 snaps, Anthony Averett 40, and DeShon Elliott 38. Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey played 32 each. Clark and Peters each helped themselves to interceptions, while Clark also broke up two passes. Patrick Queen played 29 defensive snaps, a share of 67%, to lead all Baltimore linebackers in playing time against the Bengals. Next to him was something of a revolving door, with no other player appearing on more than 12. Queen had four combined tackles including one for a loss. The workload among the outside linebackers was split up, with the quartet of Matthew Judon, Tyus Bowser, Jaylon Ferguson, and Pernell McPhee playing between 26 and 18 snaps. Bowser and McPhee each claimed a quarterback hit. Yannick Ngaokue's absence was not truly felt if the snap counts among the defensive linemen are anything to go by. The front players also enjoyed a fair amount of rotation, with Brandon Williams, Calais Campbell, and Derek Wolfe not playing more than 28 snaps. Here is the full list of playing time for the Ravens defenders.

Player

Position

Snaps

%

Chuck Clark

S

41

95%

Anthony Averett

CB

40

93%

DeShon Elliott

S

38

88%

Marlon Humphrey

CB

32

74%

Marcus Peters

CB

32

74%

Patrick Queen

LB

29

67%

Brandon Williams

NT

28

65%

Calais Campbell

DT

27

63%

Matthew Judon

OLB

26

60%

Derek Wolfe

DE

26

60%

Tyus Bowser

OLB

24

56%

Jaylon Ferguson

OLB

19

44%

Pernell McPhee

OLB

18

42%

Jihad Ward

DE

15

35%

Tramon Williams

CB

12

28%

L.J. Fort

LB

12

28%

Justin Madubuike

DT

12

28%

Nate Brooks

DB

11

26%

Chris Board

LB

10

23%

Kristian Welch

LB

8

19%

Malik Harrison

LB

7

16%

Jordan Richards

S

6

14%