Welcome to the Week 10 edition of Snaps, Pace, & Stats, where we examine trends in snap totals and no-huddle usage. It is meant to be a 30,000-foot view of upcoming games, with the goal of identifying which matchups will – and which will not – be played on fertile fantasy soil.
Up in pace
|Rank||Week 9 Snaps||2017 Snaps/Game||Opponent Wk 9 Snaps||2017 Opp Snaps/Gm|
|1||Jacksonville (78)||New England (68.9)||Cincinnati (78)||San Francisco (70.4)|
|2||Baltimore (77)||Seattle (67.1)||Tennessee (77)||Arizona (67.8)|
|3||Seattle (75)||Denver (66.6)||Washington (75)||N.Y. Giants (67.8)|
|4||Arizona (73)||Philadelphia (66.6)||San Francisco (73)||Tennessee (66.6)|
|5||San Francisco (73)||Houston (66.5)||Arizona (73)||Cincinnati (66.5)|
The Cardinals average the 10th-most plays per game (65.6) and allow the second-most (67.8). While their offense became more run-based when Carson Palmer was injured, their games remained high-volume from a snaps angle. Pounding the ball against the Seahawks won’t be as effective as it was against the decimated 49ers. After a rocky run-stopping start to the season, Seattle’s now-ninth-graded run defense is allowing only 3.6 yards per carry since Week 4 (seventh-lowest). Opponents are passing against them at the fifth-highest situation-neutral rate (60.3-percent). For better or (likely) worse, Drew Stanton will take more than 30 dropbacks this week.