Vikings Snap Counts: The defense rests


A well-rested Vikings defense is an effective Vikings defense

That’s the message emerging via three weeks’ worth of data, after the Minnesota Vikings’ defense racked up three turnovers in a 34-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Their defense was on the field for just 53 snaps Sunday after playing 74 snaps in a Week 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and 62 snaps in the season opener.

The offense played their part well — they were on the field for a season-high 74 snaps — but the defense came through in critical situations, holding Tampa Bay to just one third-down conversion on six attempts.

Andrew Sendejo, Harrison Smith and Trae Waynes intercepted quarterback Jameis Winston, whose Buccaneers spent much of the game playing from behind.

Of the group, Smith and Sendejo are the stalwarts, and appeared on all of the Vikings’ defensive snaps for a third consecutive week.

Other notes from Sunday’s snap counts:

— Latavius Murray remains a nonfactor through the first three games of the season. He was on the field for just eight snaps in Week 3, finishing with just two carries for five yards.

— Dalvin Cook continued to see heavy usage, appearing on 53 percent of offensive snaps this week and carrying the ball a career-high 27 times.

— Cook’s workload remains among the league’s largest. Only Todd Gurley (Los Angeles Rams, Week 3) and Jay Ajayi (Miami Dolphins, Week 2) have logged more carries in a single game this season.

— Fullback C.J. Ham continues to carve out a niche for himself, and logged a season-high 30 percent of the offensive snaps.

— The Buccaneers took to the air for much of the game but were ineffective on the ground when they tried to run, carrying the ball a combined nine times for just 26 yards.

GAME 3: BUCS (OFFENSE)

PLAYER Plays (74) %
Reiff 74 100%
Remmers 74 100%
Easton 74 100%
Elflein 74 100%
Keenum 74 100%
Berger 72 97%
Rudolph 68 92%
Thielen 63 85%
Cook 54 73%
Diggs 52 70%
Treadwell 31 42%
Morgan 30 41%
Ham 22 30%
Wright 18 24%
McKinnon 14 19%
Bell 10 14%
Murray 8 11%
Sirles 2 3%

GAME 3: BUCS (DEFENSE)

PLAYER Plays (53) %
Sendejo 53 100%
Smith 53 100%
Kendricks 50 94%
Barr 49 92%
Griffen 47 89%
Rhodes 46 87%
T. Johnson 40 75%
Waynes 40 75%
Hunter 39 74%
Robison 37 70%
Newman 33 62%
Joseph 29 55%
Alexander 18 34%
Stephen 13 25%
Brock 13 25%
Gedeon 9 17%
Lamur 7 13%
Weatherly 7 13%

Source: Fox Sports

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