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NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs advanced to 6-3 on the season by defeating the Minnesota Vikings 26-23 at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

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


Starters (offensive): WR Tyreek Hill, LT Cameron Erving, LG Martinas Rankin, C Austin Reiter, RG Andrew Wylie, RT Mitchell Schwartz, TE Travis Kelce, WR Mecole Hardman, QB Matt Moore, RB LeSean McCoy and TE Blake Bell.

Starters (defensive): LDE Emmanuel Ogbah, RDT Khalen Saunders, LDT Derrick Nnadi, RDE Tanoh Kpassagnon, LB Anthony Hitchens, LB Damien Wilson, LB Reggie Ragland, LCB Morris Claiborne, RCB Charvarius Ward, FS Juan Thornhill and SS Tyrann Mathieu.

Did not play: QB Chad Henne.

Inactive: QB Patrick Mahomes, CB Kendall Fuller, RB Darwin Thompson, DE Frank Clark, T Eric Fisher, G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 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 58
(100%)
40
(100%)
18
(100%)
Cameron Erving 58
(100%)
40
(100%)
18
(100%)
Tyreek Hill 58
(100%)
40
(100%)
18
(100%)
Matt Moore 58
(100%)
40
(100%)
18
(100%)
Martinas Rankin 58
(100%)
40
(100%)
18
(100%)
Austin Reiter 58
(100%)
40
(100%)
18
(100%)
Mitchell Schwartz 58
(100%)
40
(100%)
18
(100%)
Andrew Wylie 58
(100%)
40
(100%)
18
(100%)
Travis Kelce 56
(97%)
38
(95%)
18
(100%)
Sammy Watkins 53
(91%)
38
(95%)
15
(83%)
Damien Williams 42
(72%)
29
(73%)
13
(72%)
Blake Bell 29
(50%)
18
(45%)
11
(61%)
Demarcus Robinson 24
(41%)
19
(48%)
5
(28%)
Mecole Hardman 11
(19%)
7
(18%)
4
(22%)
Darrel Williams 10
(17%)
9
(23%)
1
(6%)
LeSean McCoy 6
(10%)
2
(5%)
4
(22%)
Anthony Sherman 1
(2%)
0
(0%)
1
(6%)

Offensive takeaways

  • With OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif’s injury, the Chiefs kept OL Martinas Rankin at left guard, instead choosing to play OL Andrew Wylie at right guard, where he filled in for Duvernay-Tardif last year.
  • WR Tyreek Hill played every offensive snap for the Chiefs (58 for 100%)
  • RB Damien Williams recorded 42 offensive snaps — his high for the season. WR Demarcus Robinson had only 24 offensive snaps — his low for the season.
  • RB LeSean McCoy only saw the field for six offensive snaps.
  • The Chiefs did not up WR Mecole Hardman’s playing time much after a good performance last week. Hardman only saw the field 11 times on offense after nine snaps last week.
  • The Chiefs used only 16 players on offense — their lowest number of the season.

Defense All Pass Run
Total 66
(100%)
39
(100%)
27
(100%)
Tyrann Mathieu 66
(100%)
39
(100%)
27
(100%)
Juan Thornhill 66
(100%)
39
(100%)
27
(100%)
Charvarius Ward 66
(100%)
39
(100%)
27
(100%)
Anthony Hitchens 56
(85%)
32
(82%)
24
(89%)
Damien Wilson 56
(85%)
32
(82%)
24
(89%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 55
(83%)
33
(85%)
22
(81%)
Emmanuel Ogbah 55
(83%)
33
(85%)
22
(81%)
Reggie Ragland 44
(67%)
22
(56%)
22
(81%)
Chris Jones 42
(64%)
28
(72%)
14
(52%)
Bashaud Breeland 41
(62%)
24
(62%)
17
(63%)
Derrick Nnadi 38
(58%)
21
(54%)
17
(63%)
Khalen Saunders 28
(42%)
15
(38%)
13
(48%)
Morris Claiborne 25
(38%)
15
(38%)
10
(37%)
Mike Pennel 20
(30%)
9
(23%)
11
(41%)
Daniel Sorensen 20
(30%)
14
(36%)
6
(22%)
Joey Ivie 19
(29%)
12
(31%)
7
(26%)
Rashad Fenton 18
(27%)
14
(36%)
4
(15%)
Ben Niemann 8
(12%)
5
(13%)
3
(11%)
Jordan Lucas 2
(3%)
2
(5%)
0
(0%)

Defensive takeaways

  • DL Tanoh Kpassagnon (55) and LB Reggie Ragland (44) set season-highs for snap counts.
  • DL Chris Jones played 42 defensive snaps (64%) in his return to the lineup. Even with Jones’ return, rookie DL Khalen Saunders saw 28 defensive snaps (42%) against the Vikings.
  • DL Joey Ivie played 19 defensive snaps after being called up from the Chiefs’ practice squad. DL Mike Pennel recorded 20 defensive snaps (30%) in his second game for the Chiefs.

Special Teams Snaps
Total 34
(100%)
Dorian O'Daniel 27
(79%)
Jordan Lucas 26
(76%)
Darron Lee 23
(68%)
Byron Pringle 23
(68%)
Armani Watts 23
(68%)
Anthony Sherman 22
(65%)
Daniel Sorensen 22
(65%)
Blake Bell 17
(50%)
Mecole Hardman 15
(44%)
Ben Niemann 15
(44%)
Darrel Williams 14
(41%)
Harrison Butker 12
(35%)
Rashad Fenton 12
(35%)
Dustin Colquitt 11
(32%)
Charvarius Ward 11
(32%)
James Winchester 11
(32%)
Demarcus Robinson 7
(21%)
Deon Yelder 7
(21%)
Nick Allegretti 6
(18%)
Martinas Rankin 6
(18%)
Austin Reiter 6
(18%)
Mitchell Schwartz 6
(18%)
Juan Thornhill 6
(18%)
Stefen Wisniewski 6
(18%)
Andrew Wylie 6
(18%)
Anthony Hitchens 5
(15%)
Chris Jones 5
(15%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 5
(15%)
Damien Williams 5
(15%)
Derrick Nnadi 4
(12%)
Emmanuel Ogbah 4
(12%)
Tyreek Hill 2
(6%)
Bashaud Breeland 1
(3%)
Mike Pennel 1
(3%)
Khalen Saunders 1
(3%)
Damien Wilson 1
(3%)

Special teams takeaways

  • LB Dorian O’Daniel saw no defensive snaps but led in special teams snaps with 27. S Jordan Lucas was right behind him with 26.

All Snaps Off Def ST Total
Total 58
(100%)
66
(100%)
34
(100%)
158
(100%)
Nick Allegretti 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
6
(18%)
6
(4%)
Blake Bell 29
(50%)
0
(0%)
17
(50%)
46
(29%)
Bashaud Breeland 0
(0%)
41
(62%)
1
(3%)
42
(27%)
Harrison Butker 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
12
(35%)
12
(8%)
Morris Claiborne 0
(0%)
25
(38%)
0
(0%)
25
(16%)
Dustin Colquitt 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
11
(32%)
11
(7%)
Cameron Erving 58
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
58
(37%)
Rashad Fenton 0
(0%)
18
(27%)
12
(35%)
30
(19%)
Mecole Hardman 11
(19%)
0
(0%)
15
(44%)
26
(16%)
Tyreek Hill 58
(100%)
0
(0%)
2
(6%)
60
(38%)
Anthony Hitchens 0
(0%)
56
(85%)
5
(15%)
61
(39%)
Joey Ivie 0
(0%)
19
(29%)
0
(0%)
19
(12%)
Chris Jones 0
(0%)
42
(64%)
5
(15%)
47
(30%)
Travis Kelce 56
(97%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
56
(35%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 0
(0%)
55
(83%)
5
(15%)
60
(38%)
Darron Lee 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
23
(68%)
23
(15%)
Jordan Lucas 0
(0%)
2
(3%)
26
(76%)
28
(18%)
Tyrann Mathieu 0
(0%)
66
(100%)
0
(0%)
66
(42%)
LeSean McCoy 6
(10%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
6
(4%)
Matt Moore 58
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
58
(37%)
Ben Niemann 0
(0%)
8
(12%)
15
(44%)
23
(15%)
Derrick Nnadi 0
(0%)
38
(58%)
4
(12%)
42
(27%)
Dorian O'Daniel 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
27
(79%)
27
(17%)
Emmanuel Ogbah 0
(0%)
55
(83%)
4
(12%)
59
(37%)
Mike Pennel 0
(0%)
20
(30%)
1
(3%)
21
(13%)
Byron Pringle 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
23
(68%)
23
(15%)
Reggie Ragland 0
(0%)
44
(67%)
0
(0%)
44
(28%)
Martinas Rankin 58
(100%)
0
(0%)
6
(18%)
64
(41%)
Austin Reiter 58
(100%)
0
(0%)
6
(18%)
64
(41%)
Demarcus Robinson 24
(41%)
0
(0%)
7
(21%)
31
(20%)
Khalen Saunders 0
(0%)
28
(42%)
1
(3%)
29
(18%)
Mitchell Schwartz 58
(100%)
0
(0%)
6
(18%)
64
(41%)
Anthony Sherman 1
(2%)
0
(0%)
22
(65%)
23
(15%)
Daniel Sorensen 0
(0%)
20
(30%)
22
(65%)
42
(27%)
Juan Thornhill 0
(0%)
66
(100%)
6
(18%)
72
(46%)
Charvarius Ward 0
(0%)
66
(100%)
11
(32%)
77
(49%)
Sammy Watkins 53
(91%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
53
(34%)
Armani Watts 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
23
(68%)
23
(15%)
Damien Williams 42
(72%)
0
(0%)
5
(15%)
47
(30%)
Darrel Williams 10
(17%)
0
(0%)
14
(41%)
24
(15%)
Damien Wilson 0
(0%)
56
(85%)
1
(3%)
57
(36%)
James Winchester 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
11
(32%)
11
(7%)
Stefen Wisniewski 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
6
(18%)
6
(4%)
Andrew Wylie 58
(100%)
0
(0%)
6
(18%)
64
(41%)
Deon Yelder 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
7
(21%)
7
(4%)