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Chiefs' Knile Davis has big day filling in for Jamaal Charles, Dee Ford makes an appearance

The Chiefs snap counts from the Raiders game.

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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.


Position Player Snaps
C Rodney Hudson 67
G Zach Fulton 67
G Jeff Linkenbach 67
OT Eric Fisher 67
OT Ryan Harris 67
QB Alex Smith 63
TE Travis Kelce 52
WR Dwayne Bowe 52
WR Albert Wilson 46
TE Anthony Fasano 42
RB Jamaal Charles 39
RB Knile Davis 25
WR Jason Avant 25
RB De'Anthony Thomas 21
FB Anthony Sherman 19
WR Frankie Hammond 8
QB Chase Daniel 4
WR Junior Hemingway 3
OT Donald Stephenson 2
RB Charcandrick West 1

  • 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.


Position Player Snaps
CB Jamell Fleming 78
S Husain Abdullah 71
LB Josh Mauga 68
CB Ron Parker 67
LB Justin Houston 65
CB Sean Smith 59
NT Dontari Poe 59
LB Tamba Hali 58
CB Chris Owens 54
DE Vance Walker 53
S Kurt Coleman 52
LB Dee Ford 38
LB Joe Mays 27
DE Jaye Howard 25
DT Kevin Vickerson 23
CB Marcus Cooper 20
LB Frank Zombo 15
LB Josh Martin 13
S Kelcie McCray 12
S Daniel Sorensen 12
LB James-Michael Johnson 9
NT Nick Williams 2

  • 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.

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