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How were Chiefs players used in Monday night’s win against the Chargers?

Kansas City Chiefs v Tennessee TItans Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs extended their record to 7-4 with a 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday night in Mexico City.

Let’s see how Chiefs players contributed to the win.


Starters (offensive): WR Tyreek Hill, LT Eric Fisher, LG Andrew Wylie, C Austin Reiter, RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, RT Mitchell Schwartz, TE Travis Kelce, WR Sammy Watkins, QB Patrick Mahomes, RB Damien Williams and TE Deon Yelder.

Starters (defensive): LDE Tanoh Kpassagnon, LDT Chris Jones, RDT Derrick Nnadi, RDE Frank Clark, LB Anthony Hitchens, LB Damien Wilson, LB Reggie Ragland, LCB Bashaud Breeland, RCB Charvarius Ward, FS Juan Thornhill and SS Tyrann Mathieu.

Did not play: QB Matt Moore.

Inactive: QB Chad Henne, CB Kendall Fuller, RB Darwin Thompson, T Jackson Barton, G Nick Allegretti, TE Blake Bell and DE Alex Okafor.

Editor’s Note: Arrowhead Pride obtains snap count data from the NFL’s game stats and information system, which allows us to break out snap counts by run or pass on offensive and defensive plays. Because GSIS data ignores plays that were nullified by penalties, total offensive and defensive snap counts will vary from other sources, which get their data from NFL Gamebooks

Offense All Pass Run
Total 60
(100%)
33
(100%)
27
(100%)
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 60
(100%)
33
(100%)
27
(100%)
Eric Fisher 60
(100%)
33
(100%)
27
(100%)
Patrick Mahomes 60
(100%)
33
(100%)
27
(100%)
Mitchell Schwartz 60
(100%)
33
(100%)
27
(100%)
Andrew Wylie 60
(100%)
33
(100%)
27
(100%)
Travis Kelce 57
(95%)
33
(100%)
24
(89%)
Austin Reiter 54
(90%)
30
(91%)
24
(89%)
Sammy Watkins 48
(80%)
29
(88%)
19
(70%)
Mecole Hardman 45
(75%)
28
(85%)
17
(63%)
Demarcus Robinson 34
(57%)
25
(76%)
9
(33%)
Darrel Williams 29
(48%)
13
(39%)
16
(59%)
Deon Yelder 27
(45%)
9
(27%)
18
(67%)
LeSean McCoy 21
(35%)
14
(42%)
7
(26%)
Byron Pringle 11
(18%)
3
(9%)
8
(30%)
Damien Williams 10
(17%)
6
(18%)
4
(15%)
Anthony Sherman 9
(15%)
0
(0%)
9
(33%)
Tyreek Hill 6
(10%)
5
(15%)
1
(4%)
Stefen Wisniewski 6
(10%)
3
(9%)
3
(11%)
Gehrig Dieter 3
(5%)
0
(0%)
3
(11%)

Offensive takeaways

  • WR Tyreek Hill only played six offensive snaps due to his right hamstring injury; WR Mecole Hardman played 45 offensive snaps with Hill having to check out of the game.
  • OL Stefen Wisniewski came in to play center for six offensive plays when OL Austin Reiter had to briefly leave the game.
  • TE Travis Kelce played nearly all the Chiefs’ offensive snaps: 57 of 60.

Defense All Pass Run
Total 74
(100%)
54
(100%)
20
(100%)
Juan Thornhill 74
(100%)
54
(100%)
20
(100%)
Tyrann Mathieu 71
(96%)
51
(94%)
20
(100%)
Daniel Sorensen 65
(88%)
47
(87%)
18
(90%)
Frank Clark 64
(86%)
51
(94%)
13
(65%)
Charvarius Ward 61
(82%)
44
(81%)
17
(85%)
Chris Jones 59
(80%)
44
(81%)
15
(75%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 59
(80%)
42
(78%)
17
(85%)
Bashaud Breeland 58
(78%)
42
(78%)
16
(80%)
Anthony Hitchens 49
(66%)
30
(56%)
19
(95%)
Damien Wilson 42
(57%)
26
(48%)
16
(80%)
Derrick Nnadi 37
(50%)
22
(41%)
15
(75%)
Morris Claiborne 29
(39%)
22
(41%)
7
(35%)
Rashad Fenton 26
(35%)
25
(46%)
1
(5%)
Joey Ivie 25
(34%)
22
(41%)
3
(15%)
Ben Niemann 25
(34%)
24
(44%)
1
(5%)
Khalen Saunders 23
(31%)
14
(26%)
9
(45%)
Mike Pennel 22
(30%)
14
(26%)
8
(40%)
Reggie Ragland 16
(22%)
14
(26%)
2
(10%)
Jordan Lucas 6
(8%)
4
(7%)
2
(10%)
Armani Watts 3
(4%)
2
(4%)
1
(5%)

Defensive takeaways

  • Only one iron man for the Chiefs on Monday night — S Juan Thornhill, who played 100% of the Chiefs’ snaps. S Tyrann Mathieu missed only three snaps (96%)
  • DE Frank Clark played 64 defensive snaps (86%); could it be a sign that he is fully recovered?
  • DL Tanoh Kpassagnon played a season-high 59 defensive snaps (80%)
  • LB Damien Wilson (42) and CB Mo Claiborne (29) were back to normal usage against the LA Chargers.

Special Teams Snaps
Total 27
(100%)
Ben Niemann 23
(85%)
Dorian O'Daniel 23
(85%)
Armani Watts 20
(74%)
Darron Lee 19
(70%)
Anthony Sherman 19
(70%)
Byron Pringle 18
(67%)
Daniel Sorensen 18
(67%)
Darrel Williams 14
(52%)
Mecole Hardman 12
(44%)
Deon Yelder 11
(41%)
Dustin Colquitt 10
(37%)
Gehrig Dieter 10
(37%)
Rashad Fenton 10
(37%)
James Winchester 10
(37%)
Harrison Butker 9
(33%)
Jordan Lucas 8
(30%)
Charvarius Ward 8
(30%)
Demarcus Robinson 6
(22%)
Juan Thornhill 5
(19%)
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 4
(15%)
Cameron Erving 4
(15%)
Eric Fisher 4
(15%)
Anthony Hitchens 4
(15%)
Chris Jones 4
(15%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 4
(15%)
Derrick Nnadi 4
(15%)
Mike Pennel 4
(15%)
Stefen Wisniewski 4
(15%)
Andrew Wylie 4
(15%)
Austin Reiter 3
(11%)
Mitchell Schwartz 1
(4%)

Special teams takeaways

  • LBs Ben Niemann and Dorian O’Daniel tied for the lead in special-teams snaps with 23 apiece.

All Snaps Off Def ST Total
Total 60
(100%)
74
(100%)
27
(100%)
161
(100%)
Bashaud Breeland 0
(0%)
58
(78%)
0
(0%)
58
(36%)
Harrison Butker 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
9
(33%)
9
(6%)
Morris Claiborne 0
(0%)
29
(39%)
0
(0%)
29
(18%)
Frank Clark 0
(0%)
64
(86%)
0
(0%)
64
(40%)
Dustin Colquitt 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
10
(37%)
10
(6%)
Gehrig Dieter 3
(5%)
0
(0%)
10
(37%)
13
(8%)
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 60
(100%)
0
(0%)
4
(15%)
64
(40%)
Cameron Erving 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
4
(15%)
4
(2%)
Rashad Fenton 0
(0%)
26
(35%)
10
(37%)
36
(22%)
Eric Fisher 60
(100%)
0
(0%)
4
(15%)
64
(40%)
Mecole Hardman 45
(75%)
0
(0%)
12
(44%)
57
(35%)
Tyreek Hill 6
(10%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
6
(4%)
Anthony Hitchens 0
(0%)
49
(66%)
4
(15%)
53
(33%)
Joey Ivie 0
(0%)
25
(34%)
0
(0%)
25
(16%)
Chris Jones 0
(0%)
59
(80%)
4
(15%)
63
(39%)
Travis Kelce 57
(95%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
57
(35%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 0
(0%)
59
(80%)
4
(15%)
63
(39%)
Darron Lee 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
19
(70%)
19
(12%)
Jordan Lucas 0
(0%)
6
(8%)
8
(30%)
14
(9%)
Patrick Mahomes 60
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
60
(37%)
Tyrann Mathieu 0
(0%)
71
(96%)
0
(0%)
71
(44%)
LeSean McCoy 21
(35%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
21
(13%)
Ben Niemann 0
(0%)
25
(34%)
23
(85%)
48
(30%)
Derrick Nnadi 0
(0%)
37
(50%)
4
(15%)
41
(25%)
Dorian O'Daniel 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
23
(85%)
23
(14%)
Mike Pennel 0
(0%)
22
(30%)
4
(15%)
26
(16%)
Byron Pringle 11
(18%)
0
(0%)
18
(67%)
29
(18%)
Reggie Ragland 0
(0%)
16
(22%)
0
(0%)
16
(10%)
Austin Reiter 54
(90%)
0
(0%)
3
(11%)
57
(35%)
Demarcus Robinson 34
(57%)
0
(0%)
6
(22%)
40
(25%)
Khalen Saunders 0
(0%)
23
(31%)
0
(0%)
23
(14%)
Mitchell Schwartz 60
(100%)
0
(0%)
1
(4%)
61
(38%)
Anthony Sherman 9
(15%)
0
(0%)
19
(70%)
28
(17%)
Daniel Sorensen 0
(0%)
65
(88%)
18
(67%)
83
(52%)
Juan Thornhill 0
(0%)
74
(100%)
5
(19%)
79
(49%)
Charvarius Ward 0
(0%)
61
(82%)
8
(30%)
69
(43%)
Sammy Watkins 48
(80%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
48
(30%)
Armani Watts 0
(0%)
3
(4%)
20
(74%)
23
(14%)
Damien Williams 10
(17%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
10
(6%)
Darrel Williams 29
(48%)
0
(0%)
14
(52%)
43
(27%)
Damien Wilson 0
(0%)
42
(57%)
0
(0%)
42
(26%)
James Winchester 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
10
(37%)
10
(6%)
Stefen Wisniewski 6
(10%)
0
(0%)
4
(15%)
10
(6%)
Andrew Wylie 60
(100%)
0
(0%)
4
(15%)
64
(40%)
Deon Yelder 27
(45%)
0
(0%)
11
(41%)
38
(24%)