A look at the snaps played by Patriots defenders in the team's 24-21 win over the Seahawks, which can sometimes add more insight into how players are being utilized:
(snaps include two plays in which offensive holding was called)
ANALYSIS: Rosevelt Colvin and Junior Seau's 28 snaps were 28 more than either defender was expecting to play at this time last week, and is a reflection of their professionalism and physical conditioning. ... The early-game injury to nose tackle Vince Wilfork forced the Patriots to shorten their rotation up front, so Richard Seymour stayed on the field for all but two plays to register a season-high 96 percent of playing time. ... Also, Le Kevin Smith's 33 snaps easily eclipsed his previous season high of 13 (vs. Broncos). ... Safety Brandon Meriweather has played every snap of every game since Rodney Harrison sustained a season-ending knee injury. ... Rookie Gary Guyton played 25 of his 30 snaps in the first half, as he was replaced by Rosevelt Colvin at outside linebacker in the base defense for the final 30 minutes. ... Mike Vrabel was the glue holding the defense together, missing just one play (due to injury in the second quarter). Vrabel led the huddle with the communication device in his helmet and was part of every defensive package. ... Replaced by Jonathan Wilhite in the starting lineup, Deltha O'Neal logged a season-low 11 snaps, playing in the nickel and dime packages. ... The nickel package (3-3-5) had O'Neal coming on for Tedy Bruschi, while the dime package (3-2-6) subbed two defensive backs for two linebackers. ... Wilhite's 56 snaps were easily a season high, with his previous top mark 30 (vs. Rams).