Ravens snap count observations from Sunday's win over the Minnesota Vikings

Dennis Pitta made his season debut in Sunday's 29-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings and the Ravens tight end played 36 of the team's 85 offensive snaps and had six catches for 48 yards and a touchdown.

Pitta was eased in early, playing about a dozen snaps in the first half, most of them on third down or in the red zone. His playing time picked up after halftime, especially late in the game when the Ravens had to use their hurry-up offense. Pitta said he played as much as he expected and that he felt fine after the game.


Ed Dickson, who caught his first touchdown pass since 2011 in the win, played 49 snaps. Dallas Clark, who does not have much of a role now that Pitta is back from July hip surgery, was a healthy scratch.

Here are other observations from the official snap counts:

--- With strong-side linebacker Elvis Dumervil out with an ankle injury, Courtney Upshaw played 60 of the 66 defensive snaps, his busiest game of the season. He played one more snap than rush linebacker Terrell Suggs. Pernell McPhee played 20. Albert McClellan, who had only played on special teams this season, played five snaps. Rookie John Simon played four defensive snaps, the first of his career.

--- Rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown caught the game-winning touchdown and set career highs with seven catches and 92 yards, but he played less than Jacoby Jones for the first time all season as Jones out-snapped him 78 to 65. Torrey Smith played 80 snaps. Brandon Stokley played eight. Tandon Doss did not play on offense.

--- It was curious that Josh Bynes played more than Jameel McClain at weak-side linebacker last week. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees said the game plan dictated it. Apparently so, as McClain played 37 snaps Sunday and Bynes played just 16. Rookie Arthur Brown played 11. Middle linebacker Daryl Smith played all 66.

--- Cornerback Jimmy Smith, who suffered a concussion in the Thanksgiving win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, started and played 65 snaps. Fellow corner Lardarius Webb played 63 and Corey Graham got 32. Chykie Brown made a one-snap cameo. Once again, starting safeties James Ihedigbo and Matt Elam played every single snap.

--- Running back Ray Rice, who had 109 yards from scrimmage, played 61 snaps, though he did lose goal-line carries to backup Bernard Pierce, who played 24. Fullback Vonta Leach played 12 snaps, a relatively active day for him given how often the team has used its 11 personnel over the past two months of the season.

--- Nose tackle Haloti Ngata played 50 snaps against the Vikings, who lost star back Adrian Peterson in the second quarter. Fellow starters Arthur Jones and Chris Canty played 38 and 36, respectively. Backups Terrence Cody and DeAngelo Tyson played 18 and 13, respectively, and Brandon Williams was inactive again.


--- The starting offensive linemen played all 85 snaps and Rick Wagner and Jah Reid also saw the field in heavy sets. Wagner played seven snaps and Reid got five.

--- Six players played more than 20 snaps on special teams. They were Jeromy Miles, Anthony Levine, Albert McClellan, Josh Bynes, Kyle Juszczyk and Chykie Brown. Corey Graham and Arthur Brown played 19 on specials. With Jacoby Jones filling both returner roles, Tandon Doss played just three snaps on special teams.