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Packers' Week 17 playing time breakdown

12/31/2013

An analysis of the snap counts from the Green Bay Packers’ 33-28 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field:

Offense (78 total plays)

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers 78.

Offensive line: David Bakhtiari 78, Don Barclay 78, Evan Dietrich-Smith 78, T.J. Lang 78, Josh Sitton 78.

Receivers: Jordy Nelson 77, James Jones 76, Jarrett Boykin 39, Randall Cobb 37.

Running backs: Eddie Lacy 43, John Kuhn 24, James Starks 20.

Tight ends: Andrew Quarless 61, Ryan Taylor 13.

Noteworthy: In his return from a seven-week absence due to his broken collarbone, Rodgers stayed relatively clean (three sacks) by throwing a lot of quick hitches and receiver screens and also going down early when he had to scramble. There’s no denying he was rusty, especially in the first half, when he threw behind several receivers, but he got much better in the second half. … Cobb was targeted only twice in his first action since he broke his leg on Oct. 13, but he caught both of them for touchdowns (including the 48-yard game winner). His return allowed Nelson to move out of the slot and play more on the perimeter (although he still played some inside), and Rodgers targeted him a whopping 16 times (10 catches for 161 yards). … Lacy probably played too many snaps considering his sprained right ankle made it difficult for him to cut, and he averaged just 3.1 yards on 21 carries. Starks was far more effective (8.0-yard average on 11 carries). Kuhn was often charged with protecting Rodgers on third down and was fantastic.

Defense (50 total plays)

Defensive line: B.J. Raji 32, Mike Daniels 26, Ryan Pickett 25, Josh Boyd 9, Datone Jones 5, Jerel Worthy 2.

Linebackers: A.J. Hawk 46, Mike Neal 46, Andy Mulumba 42, Jamari Lattimore 39, Nick Perry 12.

Defensive backs: Morgan Burnett 50, Tramon Williams 50, Sam Shields 50, Micah Hyde 47, M.D. Jennings 32, Sean Richardson 18, Jarrett Bush 11, Davon House 4, Chris Banjo 4.

Noteworthy: Datone Jones, the rookie first-round draft pick, has all but disappeared from defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ plans. He has played just 31 snaps in the last three games combined. There weren’t a lot of defensive line snaps to go around because Capers played almost exclusively nickel or dime, which use only two down linemen. Worthy was active for just the second time this season but was barely used. … Maybe Perry’s foot injury is still a problem, but twice he was taken out after poor plays. Once, he lost contain on a Matt Forte run in the third quarter. Later in the same quarter, he blew coverage on a swing pass to Forte that went for 33 yards. Mulumba replaced him both times. … Capers used eight defensive backs on the Bears’ final series, which included a key pass breakup in the end zone by Burnett.

Top special teams contributors (27 total plays): Bush 22, House 22, Kahlil Bell 17, Richardson 17, Banjo 16, Hyde 16, Nate Palmer 16, Taylor 15, Victor Aiyewa 15, Jennings 14.