Time to breakdown the snap count trends on the offensive side for the Raiders game. Make sure to check out our Defensive Snaps article from earlier.
Rookie WR Mohamed Sanu continued to solidify his role as the #2 receiver for this Bengals. Against the Raiders, he received a season-high 57 of a possible 68 offensive snaps (84%). A.J. Green received only 2 more snaps, and it appears as though the Bengals have finally found the Robin to Green’s Batman. He recorded 5 catches and 2 toucdowns, including the spectacular one-handed grab in the endzone (pictured above).
The Bengals may want to attribute their dominant ground-attack yesterday to the use of fullback Chris Pressley. Cincinnati racked up 221 yards of rushing offense on 34 carries (6.5 ypc), and Pressley was used on 24 offensive plays (35%). They had their most productive rushing effort of the season, so they clearly need to start using Pressley’s abilities as a bone-crushing run-blocker.
Backup OT Anthony Collins has seen his playing time increase over the last few weeks. After receiving o snaps against the Giants in Week 10, Collins was in for 8% of the offensive snaps vs. the Chiefs, and then recorded a season-high 12 snaps (18%) yesterday against the Raiders. Getting him playing time is key if either Andrew Whitworth or Andre Smith are injured and miss time down the stretch, and Collins has proven he’s more than a serviceable backup.