The Seahawks played nickel defense about as much any game all season Sunday night against Arizona. That and more revealed looking at the Seahawks' snap counts.
Here are five quick thoughts gleaned from the Seahawks’ snap counts from Sunday night’s 6-6 tie at Arizona.
1, The Seahawks had some real ironmen on defense. The 90 official plays run by Arizona was the third-most ever against the Seahawks (the record is 95 by the Rams in 1979 and the Eagles in 1992). But with snap counts including plays that were nullified due to penalty, there were five Seahawks who played 95 snaps, 100 percent of those available — Kelcie McCray, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and DeShawn Shead. Bobby Wagner played 94 and K.J.Wright 93. All are career highs.
2, The Seahawks played about as much nickel as any game all season, 82 plays for 86 percent of snaps (the total played by Jeremy Lane). That helped mitigate the injury issues at strongside linebacker, where Cassius Marsh played a few snaps but also played again significantly as a rush end. Seattle played 87.3 percent in the nickel in the win at the Jets Oct. 2.
3, Michael Bennett shrugged off the knee injury of last week to play 81 snaps, 85 percent, 17 snaps more than he’s played in any other game this season and keeping his percent average at just over 84 percent.
4, Jimmy Graham played all but two plays. Graham was on the field for 61 of 63 offensive snaps. Rookie Nick Vannett, was on the field for just two, getting little playing time after dropping a pass early in the game on his only target. Brandon Williams played just eight snaps as the Seahawks had fewer snaps of multi-tight end sets than any game all season with Luke Willson out. Seattle instead went largely with three receiver sets with Doug Baldwin on the field for all but one snap (62 of 63), Jermaine Kearse all but seven and Tyler Lockett playing a season-high 78 percent of snaps — 49 of 63).
5, The Seahawks pretty much always just had one tailback on the field. Christine Michael played 46 snaps, C.J. Prosise 16 and Alex Collins one, which adds up to the 63 offensive snaps the Seahawks had in the game. Prosise had one carry for no yards and two receptions for 17 yards on three targets in his first game since the season opener.