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Texans vs. Cowboys snap counts

My, how things can change in a week.

In our second installment of 'snap counts', differences were evident as the Texans battled the Cowboys into overtime on Sunday. Somewhat unfamiliar names (in terms of playing time) got significant action, testing the depth of the Texans roster. The offense was on the field for 59 total plays, while the Texans defense saw action on 76 occasions.

Starting on the defensive side of the ball, injuries to the team's secondary pushed a batch of new players into the rotation. Kendrick Lewis once against played every snap, the lone player on the defense to do so.

D.J. Swearinger, Kareem Jackson and J.J. Watt all topped 70 plays, participating in at least 93% of defensive snaps. Andre Hal made the biggest leap, going from two plays against Buffalo to 59 against Dallas. Hal, a seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft, made several key stops, including one to keep Dallas out of the end zone. Hal was joined in the secondary by Elbert Mack, who also hit the field for the first time (7%) on defense (Mack plays special teams) since we've started tracking.

The linebacker unit continues to rotate through, with Whitney Mercilus, Brooks Reed, Brian Cushing and Mike Mohamed all playing between 63-83% of the time. Justin Tuggle (25 plays) and Ricky Sapp (12 plays) nearly doubled their previous output against Buffalo.

The offense saw more continuity, with six players taking every snap. Duane Brown, Derek Newton, Brandon Brooks, DeAndre Hopkins, Chris Myers and Ryan Fitzpatrick all had 100% participation.

Arian Foster, who ran for 157 yards, did so on 48 plays (81%) up from 36 against the Bills. Second-round pick Xavier Su'a-Filo made his most significant impact of the season on Sunday, getting 10 snaps.

To see the entire snap count, click the image below.


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