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Spencer Ware led all running backs in snaps for the second game in a row.

NFL: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos 23-3 at Arrowhead Stadium, advancing their record to 10-4.

Let’s see how individual 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 LeSean McCoy and WR Demarcus Robinson.

Starters (defensive): LDE Alex Okafor, LDT Derrick Nnadi, RDT Chris Jones, RDE Tanoh Kpassagnon, 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 Morris Claiborne, RB Damien Williams, CB Rashad Fenton, T Jackson Barton, G Nick Allegretti and TE Deon Yelder.

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 63
(100%)
37
(100%)
26
(100%)
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 63
(100%)
37
(100%)
26
(100%)
Eric Fisher 63
(100%)
37
(100%)
26
(100%)
Patrick Mahomes 63
(100%)
37
(100%)
26
(100%)
Austin Reiter 63
(100%)
37
(100%)
26
(100%)
Mitchell Schwartz 63
(100%)
37
(100%)
26
(100%)
Andrew Wylie 59
(94%)
37
(100%)
22
(85%)
Travis Kelce 57
(90%)
35
(95%)
22
(85%)
Tyreek Hill 53
(84%)
34
(92%)
19
(73%)
Sammy Watkins 48
(76%)
34
(92%)
14
(54%)
Demarcus Robinson 34
(54%)
26
(70%)
8
(31%)
Blake Bell 30
(48%)
11
(30%)
19
(73%)
Spencer Ware 26
(41%)
15
(41%)
11
(42%)
Darwin Thompson 23
(37%)
14
(38%)
9
(35%)
LeSean McCoy 14
(22%)
8
(22%)
6
(23%)
Anthony Sherman 13
(21%)
2
(5%)
11
(42%)
Mecole Hardman 11
(17%)
6
(16%)
5
(19%)
Byron Pringle 6
(10%)
0
(0%)
6
(23%)
Stefen Wisniewski 4
(6%)
0
(0%)
4
(15%)

Offensive takeaways

  • TE Travis Kelce led Chiefs skill-position players in snaps 57 (90%), followed by WR Tyreek Hill (53), WR Sammy Watkins (48) and WR Demarcus Robinson (34). WR Mecole Hardman had just 11 snaps (17%).
  • The Chiefs ran with a true running back by committee: Spencer Ware 26 (41%), Darwin Thompson 23 (37%) and LeSean McCoy 14 (22%).
  • LG Andrew Wylie only missed of handful (4) snaps with his injured left ankle.

Defense All Pass Run
Total 57
(100%)
42
(100%)
15
(100%)
Bashaud Breeland 57
(100%)
42
(100%)
15
(100%)
Tyrann Mathieu 57
(100%)
42
(100%)
15
(100%)
Juan Thornhill 57
(100%)
42
(100%)
15
(100%)
Charvarius Ward 57
(100%)
42
(100%)
15
(100%)
Chris Jones 46
(81%)
33
(79%)
13
(87%)
Frank Clark 45
(79%)
33
(79%)
12
(80%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 43
(75%)
33
(79%)
10
(67%)
Daniel Sorensen 42
(74%)
33
(79%)
9
(60%)
Demone Harris 39
(68%)
30
(71%)
9
(60%)
Anthony Hitchens 32
(56%)
19
(45%)
13
(87%)
Kendall Fuller 31
(54%)
26
(62%)
5
(33%)
Damien Wilson 26
(46%)
16
(38%)
10
(67%)
Ben Niemann 25
(44%)
23
(55%)
2
(13%)
Derrick Nnadi 22
(39%)
16
(38%)
6
(40%)
Mike Pennel 16
(28%)
10
(24%)
6
(40%)
Reggie Ragland 15
(26%)
9
(21%)
6
(40%)
Khalen Saunders 12
(21%)
10
(24%)
2
(13%)
Alex Okafor 5
(9%)
3
(7%)
2
(13%)

Defensive takeaways

  • The Chiefs had four iron men on Sunday: CB Bashaud Breeland, S Tyrann Mathieu, S Juan Thornhill and CB Charvarius Ward played every snap for the defense (57).
  • Frank Clark, who has now reportedly lost nearly 20 pounds, was on the field for 45 snaps (79%).
  • DE Tanoh Kpassagnon saw 43 snaps (73%) with Alex Okafor needing to exit the game early.
  • DL Demone Harris (39) saw more playing time than DTs Derrick Nnadi (22) and Khalen Saunders (12).

Special Teams Snaps
Total 18
(100%)
Blake Bell 15
(83%)
Jordan Lucas 14
(78%)
Ben Niemann 14
(78%)
Dorian O'Daniel 14
(78%)
Darron Lee 13
(72%)
Byron Pringle 13
(72%)
Anthony Sherman 13
(72%)
Armani Watts 13
(72%)
Harrison Butker 9
(50%)
Daniel Sorensen 9
(50%)
Alex Brown 8
(44%)
Mecole Hardman 7
(39%)
Dustin Colquitt 6
(33%)
James Winchester 6
(33%)
Demarcus Robinson 5
(28%)
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 4
(22%)
Cameron Erving 4
(22%)
Eric Fisher 4
(22%)
Austin Reiter 4
(22%)
Mitchell Schwartz 4
(22%)
Stefen Wisniewski 4
(22%)
Juan Thornhill 3
(17%)
Charvarius Ward 3
(17%)
Darwin Thompson 2
(11%)
Spencer Ware 2
(11%)
Demone Harris 1
(6%)
Anthony Hitchens 1
(6%)
Chris Jones 1
(6%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 1
(6%)
Derrick Nnadi 1
(6%)

Special teams takeaways

  • The special teams leader was TE Blake Bell (15). S Jordan Lucas, LB Ben Niemann and LB Dorian O’Daniel (14) were right behind Bell.

All Snaps Off Def ST Total
Total 63
(100%)
57
(100%)
18
(100%)
138
(100%)
Blake Bell 30
(48%)
0
(0%)
15
(83%)
45
(33%)
Bashaud Breeland 0
(0%)
57
(100%)
0
(0%)
57
(41%)
Alex Brown 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
8
(44%)
8
(6%)
Harrison Butker 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
9
(50%)
9
(7%)
Frank Clark 0
(0%)
45
(79%)
0
(0%)
45
(33%)
Dustin Colquitt 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
6
(33%)
6
(4%)
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
4
(22%)
67
(49%)
Cameron Erving 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
4
(22%)
4
(3%)
Eric Fisher 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
4
(22%)
67
(49%)
Kendall Fuller 0
(0%)
31
(54%)
0
(0%)
31
(22%)
Mecole Hardman 11
(17%)
0
(0%)
7
(39%)
18
(13%)
Demone Harris 0
(0%)
39
(68%)
1
(6%)
40
(29%)
Tyreek Hill 53
(84%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
53
(38%)
Anthony Hitchens 0
(0%)
32
(56%)
1
(6%)
33
(24%)
Chris Jones 0
(0%)
46
(81%)
1
(6%)
47
(34%)
Travis Kelce 57
(90%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
57
(41%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 0
(0%)
43
(75%)
1
(6%)
44
(32%)
Darron Lee 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
13
(72%)
13
(9%)
Jordan Lucas 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
14
(78%)
14
(10%)
Patrick Mahomes 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
63
(46%)
Tyrann Mathieu 0
(0%)
57
(100%)
0
(0%)
57
(41%)
LeSean McCoy 14
(22%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
14
(10%)
Ben Niemann 0
(0%)
25
(44%)
14
(78%)
39
(28%)
Derrick Nnadi 0
(0%)
22
(39%)
1
(6%)
23
(17%)
Dorian O'Daniel 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
14
(78%)
14
(10%)
Alex Okafor 0
(0%)
5
(9%)
0
(0%)
5
(4%)
Mike Pennel 0
(0%)
16
(28%)
0
(0%)
16
(12%)
Byron Pringle 6
(10%)
0
(0%)
13
(72%)
19
(14%)
Reggie Ragland 0
(0%)
15
(26%)
0
(0%)
15
(11%)
Austin Reiter 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
4
(22%)
67
(49%)
Demarcus Robinson 34
(54%)
0
(0%)
5
(28%)
39
(28%)
Khalen Saunders 0
(0%)
12
(21%)
0
(0%)
12
(9%)
Mitchell Schwartz 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
4
(22%)
67
(49%)
Anthony Sherman 13
(21%)
0
(0%)
13
(72%)
26
(19%)
Daniel Sorensen 0
(0%)
42
(74%)
9
(50%)
51
(37%)
Darwin Thompson 23
(37%)
0
(0%)
2
(11%)
25
(18%)
Juan Thornhill 0
(0%)
57
(100%)
3
(17%)
60
(43%)
Charvarius Ward 0
(0%)
57
(100%)
3
(17%)
60
(43%)
Spencer Ware 26
(41%)
0
(0%)
2
(11%)
28
(20%)
Sammy Watkins 48
(76%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
48
(35%)
Armani Watts 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
13
(72%)
13
(9%)
Damien Wilson 0
(0%)
26
(46%)
0
(0%)
26
(19%)
James Winchester 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
6
(33%)
6
(4%)
Stefen Wisniewski 4
(6%)
0
(0%)
4
(22%)
8
(6%)
Andrew Wylie 59
(94%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
59
(43%)