Looking at which Baltimore Ravens got a lot of playing time and which Ravens rode the pine in the first seven games of the 2013 season. Only five players, including middle linebacker Daryl Smith, have played every snap.
After being sidelined for more than 10 months with a spinal cord injury, Ravens weak-side linebacker Jameel McClain returned to the field Sunday. And he didn't just play. McClain started and played a major role in the 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
One positive development from Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers was the return of injured wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who returned kickoffs and made an 11-yard touchdown reception. The Ravens limited his usage, though. Jones played just 17 offensive snaps and six snaps on special teams. More on that and other snap count observations.
The Ravens' recommitment to the running game during Sunday's 26-23 victory over the Miami Dolphins wasn¿t reflected in their 3.3 yards-per-carry average. But other numbers tell the story, starting with their 40 rushing attempts. The Ravens still have plenty of work left to do to get their running game to where it needs to be, but a week after giving up on it altogether, they relied on it to escape from Miami with a win.
It doesn't happen often, but Sunday the guys in the CBS broadcast booth got it mostly right in their keys-to-the-game talking points just before kickoff. Give them credit for that in their call of the Ravens 23-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins Sunday.
There is speculation that left tackle Bryant McKinnie wants to be traded now that the Ravens have traded for the Jacksonville Jaguars' Eugene Monroe, but it would be difficult to see anyone wanting McKinnie, not if a team has seen tape on him this season.
With Ray Rice parked on the sideline in street clothes after suffering a hip injury last weekend, Bernard Pierce made his first NFL start Sunday against the Houston Texans. Predictably, it was his busiest afternoon to date. Here is a deeper look at that and other observations from the NFL's official snap counts.
A week after Michael Huff struggled in a loss the Denver Broncos, rookie Matt Elam, the team's first-round pick in April¿s NFL draft, replaced Huff as the starting free safety in Sunday's 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns. Elam played all 63 defensive snaps.
For four years, Paul Kruger chased after Joe Flacco in practice, but the quarterback's bright red non-contact jersey was a reminder to hit the brakes if got a lane to the quarterback. He has always wondered what it would be like to hit Flacco. He'lll get a chance to find out Sunday when the Ravens host the Browns.
Even though he has played through pain, has never complained about getting his position changed every season and is respected in the locker room, Michael Oher has been maligned during his Ravens career. He might not be a top NFL offensive tackle, but we got a glimpse of how valuable he is in Thursday night's loss.
We knew the Ravens would be in the nickel a lot against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. They probably had to use it even more than expected as the Broncos went three-wide on more than 75 percent of their plays. As a result, Jimmy Smith, Corey Graham and Lardarius Webb played significant snaps.
With the Ravens needing to cut down their roster from 75 to 53 by Saturday at 6 p.m., there will undoubtedly be some anxious moments for many players over the next two days. However, recent history suggests that the 10 members from the team¿s 2013 draft class shouldn¿t worry.