Eagles

Eagles

For a while Saturday, it looked like the Eagles were really going to ride the JayTrain to a win over the Falcons. 

In the end, though, they stayed true to their running-back-by-committee approach. 

Ajayi ended up leading the backs in snaps — not a surprise — but not by a wide margin. He played 29 of 67 offensive snaps (43 percent). LeGarrette Blount played 20 (30 percent), Corey Clement played 16 (24 percent) and Kenjon Barner played one. 

Ajayi carried the ball 15 times (which tied his high from the regular season with the Eagles) for 54 yards, but that came after he had seven carries for 49 yards in the first quarter. It seemed like in the second quarter the Eagles went away from Ajayi; Doug Pederson said after the game it was just lack of opportunity when they didn't have the ball for long. 

Blount had nine carries for 19 yards. Clement had one carry for five yards but also had five catches for 31. 

The only member of the offensive line who didn't play all 67 snaps was Stefen Wisniewski. He played 66 because he lost his shoe on one play. 

Zach Ertz (59 snaps) and Alshon Jeffery (56 snaps) played most of the game, while Nelson Agholor played nearly as much (51 snaps). 

On defense, Malcolm Jenkins, Jalen Mills, Rodney McLeod and Nigel Bradham didn't leave the field, playing all 63 snaps. 

The Eagles' well-rested defensive line showed up Saturday. Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham each played 90 percent of the snaps (57 snaps), well above their season averages. 

 

Meanwhile, rookie Derek Barnett played just 16 snaps. It was pretty clear the Eagles wanted to ride their veteran playmakers in the biggest game of the year. It was a little surprising that Tim Jernigan played just three more snaps than Beau Allen (29 to 26). 

Dannell Ellerbe played 23 snaps, which means the Eagles were in their base defense for a good portion of the game. 

Here's a full look at snap counts from the Eagles' 15-10 win Saturday: 

Offense
Brandon Brooks - 67 snaps (100 percent)
Lane Johnson - 67 (100)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai - 67 (100)
Jason Kelce - 67 (100)
Nick Foles - 67 (100)
Stefen Wisniewski - 66 (99)
Zach Ertz - 59 (88)
Alshon Jeffery - 56 (84)
Nelson Agholor - 51 (76)
Torrey Smith - 42 (63)
Jay AJayi - 29 (43)
Brent Celek - 26 (39)
LeGarrette Blount - 20 (30)
Corey Clement - 16 (24)
Mack Hollins - 16 (24)
Trey Burton - 14 (21)
Isaac Seumalo - 5 (7)
Kenjon Barner - 1 (1)
Chance Warmack - 1 (1)

Defense
Malcolm Jenkins - 63 (100)
Rodney McLeod - 63 (100)
Nigel Bradham - 63 (100)
Jalen Mills - 63 (100)
Ronald Darby - 61 (97)
Brandon Graham - 57 (90)
Fletcher Cox - 57 (90)
Vinny Curry - 47 (75)
Mychal Kendricks - 43 (68)
Patrick Robinson - 36 (57)
Tim Jernigan - 29 (46)
Beau Allen - 26 (41)
Corey Graham - 24 (38)
Dannell Ellerbe - 23 (37)
Chris Long - 20 (32)
Derek Barnett - 16 (25)
Najee Goode - 2 (3)