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Snaps, Pace, & Stats: The speed of Week 10's games

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 14: Thomas Rawls #34 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball agianst the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on January 14, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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)

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

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.

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