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Rookie wide receiver Mecole Hardman took advantage of his limited snaps against the Baltimore Ravens.

Baltimore Ravens v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Baltimore Ravens 33-28 on Sunday. Let’s take a look at how Chiefs players contributed to the victory.


Starters (offensive): WR Demarcus Robinson, LT Cameron Erving, 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 TE Blake Bell.

Starters (defensive): LDE Alex Okafor, RDT Chris Jones, LDT Derrick Nnadi, RDE Frank Clark, LB Anthony Hitchens, LB Damien Wilson, RCB Charvarius Ward, LCB Bashaud Breeland, CB Kendall Fuller, FS Juan Thornhill and SS Tyrann Mathieu.

Did not play: QB Matt Moore.

Inactive: WR Tyreek Hill, RB Damien Williams, T Greg Senat, T Eric Fisher, G Nick Allegretti, T Martinas Rankin and DT Khalen Saunders.

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 64
(100%)
38
(100%)
26
(100%)
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 64
(100%)
38
(100%)
26
(100%)
Cameron Erving 64
(100%)
38
(100%)
26
(100%)
Patrick Mahomes 64
(100%)
38
(100%)
26
(100%)
Austin Reiter 64
(100%)
38
(100%)
26
(100%)
Mitchell Schwartz 64
(100%)
38
(100%)
26
(100%)
Andrew Wylie 62
(97%)
38
(100%)
24
(92%)
Sammy Watkins 61
(95%)
37
(97%)
24
(92%)
Travis Kelce 59
(92%)
35
(92%)
24
(92%)
Demarcus Robinson 58
(91%)
35
(92%)
23
(88%)
Mecole Hardman 39
(61%)
26
(68%)
13
(50%)
Darrel Williams 35
(55%)
22
(58%)
13
(50%)
Blake Bell 31
(48%)
16
(42%)
15
(58%)
LeSean McCoy 24
(38%)
15
(39%)
9
(35%)
Darwin Thompson 5
(8%)
1
(3%)
4
(15%)
Anthony Sherman 3
(5%)
0
(0%)
3
(12%)
Jeff Allen 2
(3%)
0
(0%)
2
(8%)
Byron Pringle 2
(3%)
2
(5%)
0
(0%)
Deon Yelder 2
(3%)
0
(0%)
2
(8%)
De'Anthony Thomas 1
(2%)
1
(3%)
0
(0%)

Offensive takeaways

  • Rookie WR Mecole Hardman was fourth in offensive snaps for skill-position players (39), but he made the most of his limited time, leading the Chiefs in receiving yards with 97.
  • A similar result for RB LeSean McCoy, who left the game early when his ankle flared up and was out-snapped by RB Darrel Williams, 35-24. Rookie RB Darwin Thompson came on for five offensive plays.
  • LG Andrew Wylie needed only two plays off when he injured himself near the end of the first quarter — those plays went to Jeff Allen at left guard.

Defense All Pass Run
Total 81
(100%)
46
(100%)
35
(100%)
Tyrann Mathieu 81
(100%)
46
(100%)
35
(100%)
Bashaud Breeland 79
(98%)
46
(100%)
33
(94%)
Juan Thornhill 78
(96%)
46
(100%)
32
(91%)
Charvarius Ward 78
(96%)
46
(100%)
32
(91%)
Anthony Hitchens 66
(81%)
34
(74%)
32
(91%)
Kendall Fuller 64
(79%)
38
(83%)
26
(74%)
Damien Wilson 63
(78%)
31
(67%)
32
(91%)
Frank Clark 62
(77%)
32
(70%)
30
(86%)
Chris Jones 61
(75%)
34
(74%)
27
(77%)
Alex Okafor 55
(68%)
24
(52%)
31
(89%)
Derrick Nnadi 42
(52%)
19
(41%)
23
(66%)
Emmanuel Ogbah 36
(44%)
28
(61%)
8
(23%)
Xavier Williams 36
(44%)
17
(37%)
19
(54%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 34
(42%)
27
(59%)
7
(20%)
Daniel Sorensen 21
(26%)
16
(35%)
5
(14%)
Darron Lee 15
(19%)
8
(17%)
7
(20%)
Ben Niemann 15
(19%)
12
(26%)
3
(9%)
Reggie Ragland 3
(4%)
1
(2%)
2
(6%)
Jordan Lucas 2
(2%)
1
(2%)
1
(3%)

Defensive takeaways

  • Only one iron man this week — S Tyrann Mathieu, who was on the field for 100 percent of the team’s defensive plays (81). CB Bashaud Breeland, CB Charvarius Ward and S Juan Thornhill all were on the field for more than 90 percent of the time.
  • DL Emmanuel Ogbah needed only 36 defensive plays to hit QB Lamar Jackson three times.
  • DL Derrick Nnadi (42) continues to share time with DL Xavier Williams (36).
  • The Chiefs can’t control what the Ravens call on offense, but it is notable that Nnadi and Williams were in for more run plays than pass plays, while DL Tanoh Kpassagnon and Ogbah were the opposite.
  • LB Reggie Ragland, active for the first game this season, only saw three plays.

Special Teams Snaps
Total 27
(100%)
Ben Niemann 21
(78%)
Dorian O'Daniel 21
(78%)
Anthony Sherman 21
(78%)
Daniel Sorensen 21
(78%)
Jordan Lucas 19
(70%)
Armani Watts 18
(67%)
Byron Pringle 16
(59%)
De'Anthony Thomas 15
(56%)
Harrison Butker 13
(48%)
Darwin Thompson 13
(48%)
Blake Bell 12
(44%)
Darron Lee 11
(41%)
Dustin Colquitt 8
(30%)
James Winchester 8
(30%)
Reggie Ragland 7
(26%)
Jeff Allen 6
(22%)
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 6
(22%)
Ryan Hunter 6
(22%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 6
(22%)
Austin Reiter 6
(22%)
Mitchell Schwartz 6
(22%)
Charvarius Ward 6
(22%)
Andrew Wylie 6
(22%)
Rashad Fenton 4
(15%)
Anthony Hitchens 3
(11%)
Chris Jones 3
(11%)
Derrick Nnadi 3
(11%)
Alex Okafor 3
(11%)
Juan Thornhill 3
(11%)
Mecole Hardman 2
(7%)
Demarcus Robinson 2
(7%)
Darrel Williams 2
(7%)

Special teams takeaways

  • The special-teams aces for the Chiefs were LB Ben Niemann, LB Dorian O’Daniel, FB Anthony Sherman and S Daniel Sorensen — all were on the field for 21 special-teams plays (78 percent).
  • Ragland played seven special-teams snaps in his return to the lineup.

All Snaps Off Def ST Total
Total 64
(100%)
81
(100%)
27
(100%)
172
(100%)
Jeff Allen 2
(3%)
0
(0%)
6
(22%)
8
(5%)
Blake Bell 31
(48%)
0
(0%)
12
(44%)
43
(25%)
Bashaud Breeland 0
(0%)
79
(98%)
0
(0%)
79
(46%)
Harrison Butker 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
13
(48%)
13
(8%)
Frank Clark 0
(0%)
62
(77%)
0
(0%)
62
(36%)
Dustin Colquitt 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
8
(30%)
8
(5%)
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 64
(100%)
0
(0%)
6
(22%)
70
(41%)
Cameron Erving 64
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
64
(37%)
Rashad Fenton 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
4
(15%)
4
(2%)
Kendall Fuller 0
(0%)
64
(79%)
0
(0%)
64
(37%)
Mecole Hardman 39
(61%)
0
(0%)
2
(7%)
41
(24%)
Anthony Hitchens 0
(0%)
66
(81%)
3
(11%)
69
(40%)
Ryan Hunter 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
6
(22%)
6
(3%)
Chris Jones 0
(0%)
61
(75%)
3
(11%)
64
(37%)
Travis Kelce 59
(92%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
59
(34%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 0
(0%)
34
(42%)
6
(22%)
40
(23%)
Darron Lee 0
(0%)
15
(19%)
11
(41%)
26
(15%)
Jordan Lucas 0
(0%)
2
(2%)
19
(70%)
21
(12%)
Patrick Mahomes 64
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
64
(37%)
Tyrann Mathieu 0
(0%)
81
(100%)
0
(0%)
81
(47%)
LeSean McCoy 24
(38%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
24
(14%)
Ben Niemann 0
(0%)
15
(19%)
21
(78%)
36
(21%)
Derrick Nnadi 0
(0%)
42
(52%)
3
(11%)
45
(26%)
Dorian O'Daniel 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
21
(78%)
21
(12%)
Emmanuel Ogbah 0
(0%)
36
(44%)
0
(0%)
36
(21%)
Alex Okafor 0
(0%)
55
(68%)
3
(11%)
58
(34%)
Byron Pringle 2
(3%)
0
(0%)
16
(59%)
18
(10%)
Reggie Ragland 0
(0%)
3
(4%)
7
(26%)
10
(6%)
Austin Reiter 64
(100%)
0
(0%)
6
(22%)
70
(41%)
Demarcus Robinson 58
(91%)
0
(0%)
2
(7%)
60
(35%)
Mitchell Schwartz 64
(100%)
0
(0%)
6
(22%)
70
(41%)
Anthony Sherman 3
(5%)
0
(0%)
21
(78%)
24
(14%)
Daniel Sorensen 0
(0%)
21
(26%)
21
(78%)
42
(24%)
De'Anthony Thomas 1
(2%)
0
(0%)
15
(56%)
16
(9%)
Darwin Thompson 5
(8%)
0
(0%)
13
(48%)
18
(10%)
Juan Thornhill 0
(0%)
78
(96%)
3
(11%)
81
(47%)
Charvarius Ward 0
(0%)
78
(96%)
6
(22%)
84
(49%)
Sammy Watkins 61
(95%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
61
(35%)
Armani Watts 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
18
(67%)
18
(10%)
Darrel Williams 35
(55%)
0
(0%)
2
(7%)
37
(22%)
Xavier Williams 0
(0%)
36
(44%)
0
(0%)
36
(21%)
Damien Wilson 0
(0%)
63
(78%)
0
(0%)
63
(37%)
James Winchester 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
8
(30%)
8
(5%)
Andrew Wylie 62
(97%)
0
(0%)
6
(22%)
68
(40%)
Deon Yelder 2
(3%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
2
(1%)