Welcome to the Week 3 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 2 Snaps||2017 Snaps/Game||Opponent Wk 2 Snaps||2017 Opp Snaps/Gm|
|1||Seattle (79)||New England (73)||San Francisco (79)||Kansas City (71.5)|
|2||Denver (73)||Green Bay (71)||Dallas (73)||San Francisco (71)|
|3||New England (72)||Denver (70.5)||New Orleans (72)||Arizona (69.5)|
|4||Indianapolis (70)||Dallas (68.5)||Arizona (70)||L.A. Chargers (68)|
|5||PHI / PIT (69)||Miami (68)||KC / MIN (69)||New Orleans (67.5)|
Through two weeks, the Bengals offense is a low-volume dumpster fire (60 plays per game; 23rd-most) that hasn’t scored a touchdown (0.08 points per snap; 32nd) and averages 13 first downs (second-fewest). Why would we want any part of Cincinnati? They faced two top-10-graded defenses, changed their offensive coordinator, and face questionable pass coverage. The Packers allow the second-fewest snaps (53 per game), but their defense grades 21st-best with 24th-ranked pass coverage. They are a sizable favorite and have a solid run defense, which should invite more passing and, as a result, more plays from the Bengals.