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Chiefs vs. Rams: Making sense of snap counts

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The Chiefs fell to the Los Angeles Rams, 54-51, dropping their record to 9-2

The Kansas City Chiefs dropped to 9-2 after losing to the Los Angeles Rams, 54-51, on Monday Night Football.

Here were the snap counts for the Chiefs:

Offense

Defense

Special teams (only)

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

Starters (defense): LDE Allen Bailey, RDE Chris Jones, LOLB Dee Ford, LILB Anthony Hitchens, RILB Dorian O’Daniel, ROLB Justin Houston, LCB Orlando Scandrick, RCB Steve Nelson, SCB Kendall Fuller, S Eric Murray, S Ron Parker

Active, but did not play: QB Chad Henne

Inactive: WR Gehrig Dieter, S Eric Berry, RB Darrel Williams, C Mitch Morse, G Kahlil McKenzie, DT Justin Hamilton, TE Deon Yelder

Takeaways (in no particular order)

  • Tight end Travis Kelce was on the field for 100 percent of offensive snaps (72) on Monday night. Tyreek Hill was the only other Chiefs skill-position player to break 90 percent of offensive snaps (69).
  • Wide receiver Sammy Watkins tested his foot with five plays, but he could not continue, per head coach Andy Reid. Reid on Watkins: “Sammy was the only injury we have to talk about. Sammy tried to go, did some good things early, tightened up on him a little bit. He was there for us though all the way through the game in case we needed him in an emergency situation. We didn’t take any steps back, which is a positive thing with him.”
  • In Watkins’ place, Chris Conley had 64 offensive snaps.
  • Tight end Demetrius Harris had a season-high 39 offensive snaps (54 percent).
  • The iron men (100 percent) for the Chiefs defense were cornerbacks Kendall Fuller, Steve Nelson, Orlando Scandrick and safety Eric Murray. They had 80 defensive snaps apiece. Ron Parker was just one defensive snap off with 79.
  • Linebacker Reggie Ragland had a season-low eight defensive snaps in the game (10 percent). Linebacker Dorian O’Daniel had 43 defensive snaps (54 percent).
  • Safety Jordan Lucas and outside linebacker Tanoh Kpassaagnon did not see the field on defense.
  • Special-teams standouts for Monday night (25 or more special-teams snaps): CB Charvarius Ward (34), LB Ben Niemann (33), TE Demetrius Harris (32), FB Anthony Sherman (29), LB Frank Zombo (26), Marcus Kemp (25), Damien Williams (25)