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Denver Broncos snap review and analysis for the win over the Vikings

Here’s who played and who didn’t during the Denver Broncos win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11.

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It should surprise no one who reads this weekly post that the four-game win streak has tied very closely to the healthy return of Justin Simmons, Josey Jewell and Baron Browning. You can see that in my mid-year defensive snap count analysis.

Offense

Player Pos Num Pct
Quinn Meinerz G 55 100%
Garett Bolles T 55 100%
Lloyd Cushenberry III C 55 100%
Mike McGlinchey T 55 100%
Ben Powers G 55 100%
Russell Wilson QB 55 100%
Courtland Sutton WR 44 80%
Adam Trautman TE 43 78%
Jerry Jeudy WR 39 71%
Marvin Mims WR 31 56%
Javonte Williams RB 27 49%
Samaje Perine RB 20 36%
Lil'Jordan Humphrey WR 19 35%
Chris Manhertz TE 18 33%
Michael Burton FB 9 16%
Nate Adkins TE 8 15%
Jaleel McLaughlin RB 8 15%
David Sills WR 7 13%
Justin Simmons FS 1 2%
Quinn Bailey G 1 2%

Thanks to either luck, conditioning or whatever higher power you bow to, the Denver Broncos offensive line again played every offensive snap. Mike McGlinchey missed three snaps in one game, but other than that, the same OL that started in game one has played every offensive snap in the first 10 games of the season. This marks the first time in the past 20 years that has happened - and I only went back 20 years. This may have not have happened in much longer than that. And yes, I knocked on wood while I was typing that. I’m both superstitious and not stupid enough to tempt the football gods. I also just threw a pinch of salt over my left shoulder. Quinn Bailey played only one snap this game as the 6th OL.

Courtland Sutton only played 44 snaps (80 percent) which is down a little from the 90 percent he normally plays. Jerry Jeudy and Marvin Mims played 39 and 31 snaps, respectively. The 31 snaps was a career high for Mims and this is something that many have been calling for now for weeks. LJ Humphrey played 19 and David Sills played 7. Like normal we played five wide receivers on offense during the game. Mims got three targets which was the most he has gotten since the debacle in Miami where he was targetted five times.

Javonte Williams again got the most snaps of the running backs with 27. Samaje Perine got 20 and Jaleel McLaughlin only got eight. Jaleel and Samaje combined for two carries (and eight yards). Michael Burton had 9 as our fullback.

Adam Trautman led our tight ends with 43 snaps. Chris Manhertz had 18 and Nate Adkins has 8.

I don’t know if it’s a misprint, but Justin Simmons was shown as being on the field for one offensive snap. If this was real I’m really curious to see what Sean Payton was doing with Simmons on offense. NFLGSIS.com confirms that Simmons played one offensive snap FWIW.

The two offensive active players who did not play were Jarret Stidham and Cameron Fleming.

The game-day inactives were S PJ Locke, OLB Ronnie Perkins, LB Ben Niemann, OLB Thomas Incoom, C Alex Forsyth, and DL Elijah Garcia

Dwayne Washington and Luke Wattenberg were the only offensive players to play on special teams but not on offense.

Defense

Player Pos Num Pct
Justin Simmons FS 74 100%
Patrick Surtain II CB 74 100%
Kareem Jackson SS 74 100%
Alex Singleton LB 74 100%
Fabian Moreau CB 71 96%
Zach Allen DE 63 85%
Jonathon Cooper LB 59 80%
Josey Jewell LB 55 74%
Baron Browning LB 49 66%
Ja'Quan McMillian CB 47 64%
D.J. Jones NT 46 62%
Nik Bonitto LB 43 58%
Mike Purcell NT 42 57%
Jonathan Harris DE 23 31%
Matt Henningsen DE 14 19%
Riley Moss CB 3 4%
Damarri Mathis CB 3 4%

The defense had four players play all of the snaps: Simmons, Kareem Jackson, Patrick Surtain and Alex Singleton. Singleton ended the game with 16 total tackles, but according to the broadcast also missed a number of tackles in the run game.

No other safeties played defensive snaps. The other cornerbacks who played defensive snaps were Fabian Moreau, who played all but three, Ja’Quan McMillian (47) and Riley Moss and Damarri Mathis who both played 3. For Moss, this was his first career defensive snaps. He has only contributed on special teams up to this point.

Josey Jewell played 55 snaps as the other ILB. Drew Sanders got no defensive snaps at ILB or OLB despite having only three OLBs game-day active. Those three were Jonathan Cooper (59), Baron Browning (49) and Nik Bonitto (43).

Zach Allen played the most of the defensive ends as usual (63, 85 percent) while Jonathan Harris and Matt Henningsen played 23 and 14 snaps. With so few snaps for those two other DEs, it appears that we were using a light front for most of the game, which partly explains why the defense was getting so gashed by the run (the other part is explained by missed tackles and poor tackling).

DJ Jones played 46 and Mike Purcell played 42 snaps as our DT/NT guys.

Defensive guys who only played on special teams were Tremon Smith, Justin Strnad, Drew Sanders, Delarrin Turner-Yell and JL Skinner. Skinner was active for the first time in his NFL career last game. He played six snaps on special teams.