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Raiders snap count: Maxx Crosby retains workload in loss vs. Packers

Raiders snap count: Maxx Crosby retains workload in loss vs. Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Maxx Crosby earned his first start during a Week 5 victory over Chicago in London. The fourth-round draft pick was the next man up with Clelin Ferrell in the concussion protocol and turned in an impactful performance against the run and pass.

Ferrell was cleared to play Sunday in Green Bay and reclaimed his starting spot but lost some of his snaps. Ferrell, the No. 4 overall draft pick, selected 102 places above Crosby, saw some of his workload given to Crosby.

The Eastern Michigan product has earned it, getting his second NFL sack on a key early third down. He played more against the run than any other game save the Bears win, and took more snaps against the Packers than any other defensive lineman.

He played 42. Ferrell, who essentially was a three-down player, had 37. He did not show up on the stat sheet against Green Bay and was credited with just one quarterback hurry.

The Raiders didn’t do enough to pressure Aaron Rodgers in a 42-24 loss to the Packers, and the elite quarterback picked them apart.

Ferrell certainly needs to make a greater impact up front, even if rookies generally struggle some to start their NFL careers.

They don’t have the luxury of developing away from the spotlight. Not in a position group being slowly built through the NFL draft.

The Raiders still asked Tahir Whitehead and Nicholas Morrow to play every defensive snap, which should be a regular occurrence if both guys stay healthy, but they weren’t the only linebackers to play defense. Justin Phillips played 14 snaps after exclusively working on special teams.

The Raiders stuck with their starting secondary and never moved Daryl Worley around the formation as coaches discussed last week. He was locked at outside cornerback opposite Gareon Conley. Neither player fared well against Rodgers and a fast Packers receiver corps working without Davante Adams.

Nevin Lawson only played special teams in his return to action.

David Sharpe started and played every down at right tackle for Trent Brown (calf), and Gabe Jackson was able to play well over all 66 offensive snaps in his return from a knee injury.

[RELATED: Grading Raiders' offense, defense in loss vs. Packers]

OFFENSE
Total offensive snaps: 66

Quarterback – Derek Carr 59, Mike Glennon 7

Running back – Josh Jacobs 37, Jalen Richard 15, Alec Ingold 16, DeAndre Washington 14

Wide receiver – Trevor Davis 50, Hunter Renfrow 30, Keelan Doss 29, Marcell Ateman 23

Tight end – Darren Waller 61, Foster Moreau 32, Derek Carrier 21

Offensive line – Richie Incognito 66, Kolton Miller 66, Gabe Jackson 66, Rodney Hudson 66, David Sharpe 66, Brandon Parker 2

DEFENSE
Total defensive snaps:
60

Defensive line – Maxx Crosby 42, Johnathan Hankins 38, Clelin Ferrell 37, P.J. Hall 35, Josh Mauro 33, Maurice Hurst 22, Benson Mayowa 20, Corey Liuget 17

Linebacker – Tahir Whitehead 60, Nicholas Morrow 60, Justin Phillips 14, Kyle Wilber 2

Defensive back – Karl Joseph 60, Erik Harris 60, Gareon Conley 58, Daryl Worley 57, Lamarcus Joyner 44, Trayvon Mullen 1

SPECIAL TEAMS

Wilber 23, Nevin Lawson 23, Curtis Riley 17, Moreau 16, Dallin Leavitt 16, Phillips 14, Harris 14, Dakota Allen 12, Ingold 12, Joseph 11, Joyner 10, Davis 10, Daniel Carlson 9, Mullen 8, Morrow 8, Washington 7, Hurst 6, Hankins 6, Trent Sieg 6, Worley 6, Crosby 6, Whitehead 6, A.J. Cole 6, Ferrell 5, Andre James 4, Denzelle Good 4, Parker 4, Incognito 4, Sharpe 4, Miller 4.

NFL Playoff Picture: Where Raiders stand after Chiefs win Week 11 game

NFL Playoff Picture: Where Raiders stand after Chiefs win Week 11 game

The Raiders had a chance to move into first place in AFC West on Monday night, but they needed a little help.

They did not get that help as the Chargers failed to beat the Chiefs in Mexico City on "Monday Night Football." Kansas City held on for a 24-17 victory and moved to 7-4 on the season.

The Raiders, coming off a 17-10 win over the Bengals,  sit and 6-4 and remain in second place in the AFC West and in seventh place in the AFC playoff picture.

Had the Chargers won, the Raiders would have moved into third place in the AFC by virtue of the tiebreaker with the Indianapolis Colts.

Alas, the Raiders still are on the outside looking in.

Here's how the AFC playoff picture looks through 11 weeks of the NFL season.

1. New England Patriots (9-1)
2. Baltimore Ravens (8-2)
3. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)
4. Indianapolis Colts (6-4)
5. Buffalo Bills (7-3)
6. Houston Texans (6-4)
7. Oakland Raiders (6-4)

The good news for the Raiders is that their schedule the rest of the way is slightly easier than that of Kansas City's.

Oakland has six games remaining and only their Week 13 matchup against the Chiefs comes against a team with a winning record. The Raiders also have games remaining against the Jets (3-7), Titans (5-5), Jaguars (4-6), Chargers (4-7) and Broncos (3-7).

[RELATED: Raiders-Chiefs Week 13 clash flexed to afternoon slot]

After a bye next weekend, the Chiefs host the Raiders, then travel to New England to take on the AFC-leading Patriots. They close the season against the Broncos, Bears (4-6) and Chargers.

Buckle up because the last six weeks of the season are going to have many more twists and turns.

Raiders snap count: How Dion Jordan made an impact against Bengals

Raiders snap count: How Dion Jordan made an impact against Bengals

ALAMEDA – Dion Jordan has played several spots along the line in his NFL career, most of it off the edge. The Raiders need help there but requested he help in another spot on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“We asked him to go inside and rush,” coach Jon Gruden said. “We want to keep [Clelin] Ferrell and Maxx [Crosby] and [Benson] Mayowa outside. Dion gives us another guy with length who can go against the guards.”

Jordan’s a superior athlete who stands 6-foot-6, 284 pounds. He’s quick and agile enough to go around blockers, strong enough to go through them.

That certainly helped him work from interior spots over 14 snaps against the Bengals, and he was able to generate some pressure working obvious passing downs. He had a quarterback sack on third down that forced a punt, a run stop and one other quarterback pressure.

Jordan's presence was also felt in ways that can’t be quantified in the box score. His teammates said his athleticism helps create chances for others. Crosby credited Jordan for freeing him some off the edge.

Fellow interior rusher Maurice Hurst, who plays a different, yet effective game getting to the quarterback, liked the new energy Jordan brought to the front.

“He’s a great athlete who gets the guards to kick out to him pretty fast,” Hurst said. “It creates space for some of the other guys. You can run cool things with him. He will really help us inside.”

We’ll see whether Jordan’s role expands as we move forward. He only had three practices to adjust to this Raiders scheme after formally joining the team on Tuesday after his NFL suspension was lifted. More time might allow him to do some different things, or at least prep him to take more snaps helping this pass rush and defensive effort as a whole.

"He gives us some athleticism and chase-down ability, and he showed that he can still do that [after 10 games away on suspension]," Gruden said. "We have to keep working him into football shape, and try to get him some more turns."

Here is the entire Raiders snap count: 

Offense

Total offensive snaps: 70
Quarterback – Derek Carr 70
Running back – Josh Jacobs 45, Alec Ingold 17, Jalen Richard 16, DeAndre Washington 9
Wide receiver – Tyrell Williams 51, Zay Jones 48, Hunter Renfrow 31, Marcell Ateman 5
Tight end – Darren Waller 66, Foster Moreau 41, Derek Carrier 20
Offensive line – Richie Incognito 70, Kolton Miller 70, Trent Brown 70, Gabe Jackson 70, Rodney Hudson 70, Brandon Parker 2

Defense

Total defensive snaps: 63
Defensive line – Maxx Crosby 49, Clelin Ferrell 41, Johnathan Hankins 41, P.J. Hall 35, Maurice Hurst 30, Benson Mayowa 19, Josh Mauro 18, Dion Jordan 16
Linebacker – Tahir Whitehead 63, Nicholas Morrow 59, Will Compton 6
Defensive back – Erik Harris 63, Daryl Worley 63, Trayvon Mullen 63, Nevin Lawson 57, D.J. Swearinger 38, Curtis Riley 25, Isaiah Johnson 7

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Special teams

Kyle Wilber 20, Dallin Leavitt 18, Carrier 18, Riley 15, Moreau 14, Keisean Nixon 14, Johnson 13, Compton 12, Morrow 9, Harris 9, Lawson 8, Crosby 8, A.J. Cole 8, Trevor Davis 8, Trent Sieg 8, Mullen 6, Daniel Carlson 7, Hurst 5, Whitehead, Worley 5, Denzelle Good 3, Parker 3, Washington 3, Brown 3, Miller 3, Jackson 3, Incognito 3, Jordan 2, Mayowa 2