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Snaps, Pace, & Stats: The speed of Week 11's games

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 24: Tom Brady #12 reacts with Brandin Cooks #14 of the New England Patriots after Brady threw the game winning touchdown pass to Cooks during the fourth quarter of a game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

Welcome to the Week 11 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 10 Snaps 2017 Snaps/Game Opponent Wk 10 Snaps 2017 Opp Snaps/Gm
1 Tennessee (84) New England (68.7) Cincinnati (84) San Francisco (69.7)
2 Jacksonville (81) Jacksonville (67.4) L.A. Chargers (81) Cincinnati (68.4)
3 Cleveland (77) Philadelphia (66.6) Detroit (77) Arizona (66.9)
4 Arizona (73) Arizona (66.4) Buffalo (73) L.A. Chargers (66.9)
5 NO / WAS (73) Seattle (66.3) MIN / SEA (73) N.Y. Giants (66.7)

New England Patriots vs. Oakland Raiders

The Patriots lead the league in snaps per game and their contests average the third-most combined plays. Expect them to force the Raiders into a quicker-paced contest despite Oakland profiling as a volume-drainer for most of the season. Their games average the fewest total plays, although it’s up to 14th-fewest during the last month. The Patriots are the fifth-most pass-heavy offense (For brevity’s sake, all references to pass or run rates/percentages are in terms of neutral game situations. Unless otherwise stated, we will reference one-score situations to get a truer representation of game plan), and Oakland’s 12th-highest-graded run defense is a relative strength compared to their 26th-graded pass coverage. New England’s offense also ranks fifth-quickest on a seconds-per-snap basis.

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