The Kansas City Chiefs had the Oakland Raiders game wrapped up in the fourth quarter so they were able to get their backups some work. Reviewing the snap counts from the Chiefs 31-13 victory over Oakland, the takeaway is that plenty of backups, especially on defense, got some extra snaps.
The Chiefs brought in backups late in the game which meant more snaps for players like LB Dee Ford, who logged 38 snaps, and LB Frank Zombo, who had 15 snaps including a fumble recovery. It's good that the Chiefs get Ford more work in the event something happens to one of their pass rushers down the stretch here.
One of the backups who shined was RB Knile Davis, who had two touchdowns. He came into the game after Jamaal Charles had to be checked for a concussion. He scored on a short run shortly after Jamaal's injury and then later took a short pass and turned it into a 70-yard touchdown. Davis hasn't played much in the last few weeks so, again, this was good to see him get some work before the final stretch.
Let's take a look at this week's Chiefs snap counts.
- Chase Daniel time! The Chiefs finally had a game where they could play Chase Daniel. That's nice to see, even if for just a few snaps.
- Donnie Avery was not active for this game. He was replaced by Albert Wilson, who had his best game of the season with three catches for 69 yards, including a 48-yard catch. Wilson is getting more production out of the No. 2 receiver spot than we've seen in some time.
- Travis Kelce continues to play more than Anthony Fasano. This is the third straight week Kelce has played more snaps than him. Kelce had a 20-yard touchdown catch in the game.
- Jeff Linkenbach replaced Mike McGlynn at left guard for this game.
- Jason Avant had a quite game (one catch, 14 yards) after leading the Chiefs last week.
- It's not unusual for the Chiefs to have 5-7 players playing every snap on defense. The non-regulars who saw playing time: Kevin Vickerson, Marcus Cooper, Frank Zombo, Josh Martin, Kelce McCray, Daniel Sorensen and Nick Williams.
- Jamell Fleming was the starter at cornerback after Phillip Gaines could not play. He played the most of all Chiefs defensive players.
- Justin Houston came out briefly because he got poked in the eye but he's fine.
- Joe Mays replaced JMJ as a starter in the game. JMJ was downgraded to questionable over the weekend.
- Dontari Poe gets some rest. This will be important in the final games to keep him fresh.