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Usage Notes: Divisional Round



By Mike Krueger | Updated: 1/22/24

Each week, I’ll look at snaps, usage, touches, target shares and pull out the highlights you need to know from each game.

- All games will be available Monday afternoon each week.
- Snap shares are in parenthesis next to each player’s name.


Saturday:

HOU @ BAL | GB @ SF


Sunday:

TB @ DET | KC @ BUF


HOU @ BAL

Offensive Snaps
Texans: 49
Ravens: 68


The Texans got a special teams TD in the first half which kept them in the game but the Ravens dominated the second half on their way to a 34-10 victory.

Only 49 snaps limited the offensive output for Houston. Devin Singletary (69.4%) handled all but 3 of the running back touches.

Nico Collins (85.7%) had a 32.3% target share but had just a 5-68-0 line on 10 targets. Robert Woods (65.3%), John Metchie (71.4%) and Xavier Hutchinson (36.7%) were the other top receivers but the combined for just 3 catches and 3 yards. Metchie didnít have a target.

TE Dalton Schultz (83.7%) had a 22.6% target share and finished with a 5-43-0 line.

The Lamar Jackson (100.0%) show included 100 rushing yards and 2 TDs on 11 carries. Gus Edwards (33.8%), Justice Hill (57.4%) and Dalvin Cook (13.2%) all saw action in the ground game with Hill leading the group in touches with 15.

The top four Baltimore receivers were in their typical roles. Zay Flowers (82.4%), Rashod Bateman (64.7%), Nelson Agholor (47.1%) and Odell Beckham Jr. (29.4%). Flowers led the group with a 23.8% target share.

TE Isaiah Likely (64.7%) split/shared time with Charlie Kolar (51.5%) while Mark Andrews was inactive. Expect Andrews to play in the AFC Conference Championship game.

GB @ SF

Offensive Snaps
Packers: 67
49ers: 64

AJ Dillon was inactive which left the bulk of the running back work to Aaron Jones (80.6%) who notched his fifth-straight 100-yard rushing game. Patrick Taylor (11.9%) and Emanuel Wilson (7.5%) combined for five touches.

The Packers rotated five receivers including Romeo Doubs (80.6%), Jayden Reed (61.2%), Christian Watson (55.2%), Dontayvion Wicks (40.3%) and Bo Melton (25.4%). Doubs led the group with an 18.2% target share. This will be frustrating group next season if this kind of usage continues.

TE Tucker Kraft (85.1%) played well ahead of Luke Musgrave (28.4%). Kraft had 6 targets while Musgrave had 4.

Christian McCaffrey (98.4%) only missed two snaps and handled 24 touches for 128 yards and 2 TDs.

Deebo Samuel (14.1%) left early in this game after injuring his shoulder. Jauan Jennings (62.5%), Chris Conley (39.1%) and Ray-Ray McCloud (28.1%) saw increased playing time as a result. Jennings and Brandon Aiyuk (100.0%) both saw a 16.7% target share.

TE George Kittle (96.9%) had a 19.4% and led all 49ers receivers with 81 yards.


Amon-Ra St. Brown

TB @ DET

Offensive Snaps
Buccaneers: 64
Lions: 73

As usual, Rachaad White (78.1%) and Chase Edmonds (28.6%) handled all of the running back work. White had 13 touches for 91 yards and a TD. Edmonds had 6 touches.

Mike Evans (85.9%) had a 30.8% target share and finished with an 8-147-1 line. Chris Godwin (90.6%) had a 20.5% target share. Trey Palmer (59.4%), Deven Thompkins (23.4%) and David Moore (21.9%) combined for 4 targets.

Another strong day for TE Cade Otton who played every snap and had 8 targets for a 5-65-1 line.

RB Craig Reynolds (8.2%) got a carry from the one-yard line to vulture a TD from David Montgomery (56.2%) or Jahmyr Gibbs (35.6%). Gibbs racked up 114 yards and a TD on just 13 touches.

The Lions tightened up their receiving rotation a bit as Kalif Raymond was inactive. Amon-Ra St. Brown (94.5%), Josh Reynolds (78.1%) and Jameson Williams (57.5%) played well ahead of any other Lions receiver. ARSB had a 33.3% target share.

Sam LaPorta (87.7%) had a 26.2% target share but still seems to be bothered by his knee injury.

KC @ BUF

Offensive Snaps
Chiefs: 50
Bills: 77

The Bills ran the Ball all over the Chiefs through three quarters which led to a wide snap differential and allowed Buffalo to hold the ball for 37:03 compared to 22:57 for Kansas City. The Chiefs attempted and completed more downfield throws in this game, something thatís been lacking most of the season.

Isiah Pacheco (72.0%) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (26.0%) handled all of the running back work for the Chiefs. 16 touches for 111 yards and a TD for Pacheco.

Rashee Rice (64.0%) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (50.0%) both had 19.0% target share. Rice got banged up a couple times and MVS finally made a couple of downfield catches. Mecole Hardman (38.0%) had 2 touches and fumbled both, one going through the endzone for a touchback.

TE Travis Kelce (84.0%) scored twice and had a 28.6% target share.

Josh Allen had double-digit carries for the third time in his last four games.

James Cook (50.6%) handled 22 touches for 82 yards. Ty Johnson (27.3%) had 8 touches for 54 yards while Latavius Murray (18.2%) didnít have a carry but did have 3 receptions for 27 yards.

Weíll be hearing a lot of Stefon Diggs (89.6%) talk this off-season. He was second in target share behind Khalil Shakir (70.1%) and only had 21 receiving yards in this game. Shakir posted a 7-44-1 line on 9 targets. Gabriel Davis was inactive.

TE Dalton Kincaid (62.3%) caught all five of his targets for 45 yards.