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Chiefs vs. Cardinals: Making sense of snap counts

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The Chiefs beat the Cardinals Sunday, improving their record to 9-1.

The Kansas City Chiefs improved to 9-1 by defeating the Arizona Cardinals, 26-14, on Sunday.

Here were the snap counts for the Chiefs:

Offense

Defense

Special teams (only)

Starters (offense): WR Tyreek Hill, LT Eric Fisher, LG Cam Erving, C Austin Reiter, RG Andrew Wylie, RT Mitch Schwartz, TE Travis Kelce, WR Chris Conley, WR Demarcus Robinson, QB Patrick Mahomes, RB Kareem Hunt

Starters (defense): LDE Allen Bailey, NT Derrick Nnadi, RDE Chris Jones, LOLB Dee Ford, LILB Reggie Ragland, RILB Ben Niemann, ROLB Justin Houston, RCB Kendall Fuller, RCB Steve Nelson, S Eric Murray, S Ron Parker

Active, but did not play: QB Chad Henne, LB Anthony Hitchens

Inactive: WR Sammy Watkins, S Eric Berry, S/CB Josh Shaw, LB Frank Zombo, OL Mitch Morse, RG Kahlil McKenzie, DT Justin Hamilton

Takeaways (in no particular order)

  • Three Chiefs skill-position were on the field more than 90 percent of the time Sunday—tight end Travis Kelce (58 offensive snaps), Tyreek Hill (54 offensive snaps) and Chris Conley (54 offensive snaps).
  • Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson saw the most playing time he’s seen (43 offensive snaps) since Week 4 against the Denver Broncos.
  • Running back Spencer Ware saw his offensive snaps go up from 14 last week to 20 this week. He had his first touchdown of the season vs. the Cardinals.
  • The iron men on defense for the Chiefs on Sunday were cornerbacks Kendall Fuller and Steve Nelson, as well as safety Ron Parker (73 defensive snaps each). Eric Murray missed only on defensive snap (99 percent) on Sunday.
  • In their returns: Linebacker Justin Houston had 49 defensive snaps (67 percent) and safety Daniel Sorensen had 32 defensive snaps (44 percent). Houston played quite a bit—an indication he is back to full health.
  • Inside linebacker Ben Niemann had 29 defensive snaps (40 percent) in his “debut.”
  • Nose tackles Derrick Nnadi (27 defensive snaps) and Xavier Williams (23 defensive snaps) nearly split time. Williams is a former Arizona Cardinal.
  • Even in Houston’s return, Breeland Speaks out-snapped Tanoh Kpassagnon, 24-10.
  • Special-teams standouts for Sunday (18 or more special-teams snaps): TE Demetrius Harris (23), LB Ben Niemann (21), CB Charvarius Ward (21), WR Marcus Kemp (19), LB Dorian O’Daniel (19), RB Damien Williams (19), FB Anthony Sherman (18),