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Snaps, Pace, & Stats: The speed of Week 3's games

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 10: Ty Montgomery #88 and Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field on September 10, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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)

Cincinnati Bengals at Green Bay Packers

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.

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