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Chiefs vs. Titans: Making sense of snap counts

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After being used somewhat sparingly against the Texans, Travis Kelce was back where he belonged on Sunday.

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On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC championship with a 35-24 defeat of the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium.

Let’s see how individual Chiefs players contributed to the win that sends them to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

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

Starters (defensive): LDE Frank Clark, LDT Mike Pennel, RDT Derrick Nnadi, RDE Tanoh Kpassagnon, LB Anthony Hitchens, LB Damien Wilson, RCB Charvarius Ward, LCB Bashaud Breeland, CB Kendall Fuller, FS Daniel Sorensen and SS Tyrann Mathieu.

Did not play: QB Matt Moore and T Cameron Erving.

Inactive: QB Matt Moore, CB Morris Claiborne, RB LeSean McCoy, LB Darron Lee, T Ryan Hunter, T Jackson Barton and G Andrew Wylie.

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%)
Stefen Wisniewski 63
(100%)
37
(100%)
26
(100%)
Travis Kelce 60
(95%)
36
(97%)
24
(92%)
Tyreek Hill 57
(90%)
35
(95%)
22
(85%)
Damien Williams 53
(84%)
33
(89%)
20
(77%)
Sammy Watkins 52
(83%)
32
(86%)
20
(77%)
Blake Bell 28
(44%)
14
(38%)
14
(54%)
Mecole Hardman 25
(40%)
16
(43%)
9
(35%)
Demarcus Robinson 23
(37%)
13
(35%)
10
(38%)
Darwin Thompson 11
(17%)
4
(11%)
7
(27%)
Anthony Sherman 5
(8%)
2
(5%)
3
(12%)
Deon Yelder 1
(2%)
0
(0%)
1
(4%)

Offensive takeaways

  • For the fourth consecutive game, the five offensive linemen played every snap together.
  • TE Travis Kelce was back to his normal usage after being on the sidelines for many running plays in the Divisional round game.
  • Demarcus Robinson’s usage has been trending down ever since the Week 14 game against the Patriots. After spiking up a little in the Divisional round, on Sunday, it returned to the downward trend line.

Defense All Pass Run
Total 57
(100%)
34
(100%)
23
(100%)
Tyrann Mathieu 57
(100%)
34
(100%)
23
(100%)
Daniel Sorensen 57
(100%)
34
(100%)
23
(100%)
Charvarius Ward 56
(98%)
33
(97%)
23
(100%)
Bashaud Breeland 54
(95%)
32
(94%)
22
(96%)
Frank Clark 47
(82%)
28
(82%)
19
(83%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 45
(79%)
27
(79%)
18
(78%)
Damien Wilson 40
(70%)
19
(56%)
21
(91%)
Anthony Hitchens 39
(68%)
18
(53%)
21
(91%)
Kendall Fuller 32
(56%)
23
(68%)
9
(39%)
Derrick Nnadi 32
(56%)
13
(38%)
19
(83%)
Terrell Suggs 28
(49%)
18
(53%)
10
(43%)
Chris Jones 23
(40%)
18
(53%)
5
(22%)
Reggie Ragland 23
(40%)
10
(29%)
13
(57%)
Mike Pennel 22
(39%)
9
(26%)
13
(57%)
Ben Niemann 18
(32%)
16
(47%)
2
(9%)
Rashad Fenton 17
(30%)
15
(44%)
2
(9%)
Xavier Williams 15
(26%)
9
(26%)
6
(26%)
Demone Harris 13
(23%)
11
(32%)
2
(9%)
Khalen Saunders 9
(16%)
7
(21%)
2
(9%)

Defensive takeaways

  • Safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Daniel Sorensen were the only players who were on the field for all defensive snaps. Along with Bashaud Breeland and Charvarius Ward, they formed the defensive backbone for the game.
  • As expected, DT Chris Jones was limited as he works his way back from his calf injury, seeing about two in five snaps. Most of his use was on passing plays.
  • Defensive ends Frank Clark and Tanoh Kpassagnon played four of every five snaps. Terrell Suggs continued to be on the field for about half of all snaps —- leaning a little more towards passing plays. Demone Harris’ use continued to decline from his season-high against Denver in Week 15
  • LB Damien Wilson’s usage continues on an upward trend. On Sunday, he saw more snaps since he’s had since the Raiders game in Week 13. Anthony Hitchens’ passing snaps have varied quite a bit since the Week 8 against Denver — but have remained remarkably consistent against the run. Reggie Ragland was used mostly against the pass in the Divisional round — but mostly against the run on Sunday.
  • Defensive tackles Mike Pennel and Derrick Nnadi also had more snaps than they’ve had since Week 13 — primarily in running plays. Khalen Saunders had a significant decrease in running snaps since the Divisional round game.

Special Teams Snaps
Total 28
(100%)
Jordan Lucas 23
(82%)
Ben Niemann 23
(82%)
Dorian O'Daniel 23
(82%)
Daniel Sorensen 23
(82%)
Anthony Sherman 20
(71%)
Byron Pringle 19
(68%)
Rashad Fenton 15
(54%)
Armani Watts 15
(54%)
Blake Bell 14
(50%)
Darwin Thompson 14
(50%)
Harrison Butker 11
(39%)
Mecole Hardman 11
(39%)
Dustin Colquitt 9
(32%)
James Winchester 9
(32%)
Charvarius Ward 8
(29%)
Alex Brown 6
(21%)
Nick Allegretti 5
(18%)
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 5
(18%)
Eric Fisher 5
(18%)
Austin Reiter 5
(18%)
Demarcus Robinson 5
(18%)
Mitchell Schwartz 5
(18%)
Damien Wilson 5
(18%)
Stefen Wisniewski 5
(18%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 4
(14%)
Derrick Nnadi 4
(14%)
Mike Pennel 4
(14%)
Xavier Williams 4
(14%)
Deon Yelder 4
(14%)
Anthony Hitchens 3
(11%)
Tyreek Hill 1
(4%)

Special teams takeaways

  • Just as in the Divisional round, Sorensen played all the defensive snaps and was one of the top players on special teams. Linebackers Ben Nieman and Dorian O’Daniel — along with safety Jordan Lucas — joined Sorensen with the most snaps for Dave Toub’s unit.

All Snaps Off Def ST Total
Total 63
(100%)
57
(100%)
28
(100%)
148
(100%)
Nick Allegretti 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
5
(18%)
5
(3%)
Blake Bell 28
(44%)
0
(0%)
14
(50%)
42
(28%)
Bashaud Breeland 0
(0%)
54
(95%)
0
(0%)
54
(36%)
Alex Brown 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
6
(21%)
6
(4%)
Harrison Butker 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
11
(39%)
11
(7%)
Frank Clark 0
(0%)
47
(82%)
0
(0%)
47
(32%)
Dustin Colquitt 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
9
(32%)
9
(6%)
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(18%)
68
(46%)
Rashad Fenton 0
(0%)
17
(30%)
15
(54%)
32
(22%)
Eric Fisher 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(18%)
68
(46%)
Kendall Fuller 0
(0%)
32
(56%)
0
(0%)
32
(22%)
Mecole Hardman 25
(40%)
0
(0%)
11
(39%)
36
(24%)
Demone Harris 0
(0%)
13
(23%)
0
(0%)
13
(9%)
Tyreek Hill 57
(90%)
0
(0%)
1
(4%)
58
(39%)
Anthony Hitchens 0
(0%)
39
(68%)
3
(11%)
42
(28%)
Chris Jones 0
(0%)
23
(40%)
0
(0%)
23
(16%)
Travis Kelce 60
(95%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
60
(41%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 0
(0%)
45
(79%)
4
(14%)
49
(33%)
Jordan Lucas 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
23
(82%)
23
(16%)
Patrick Mahomes 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
63
(43%)
Tyrann Mathieu 0
(0%)
57
(100%)
0
(0%)
57
(39%)
Ben Niemann 0
(0%)
18
(32%)
23
(82%)
41
(28%)
Derrick Nnadi 0
(0%)
32
(56%)
4
(14%)
36
(24%)
Dorian O'Daniel 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
23
(82%)
23
(16%)
Mike Pennel 0
(0%)
22
(39%)
4
(14%)
26
(18%)
Byron Pringle 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
19
(68%)
19
(13%)
Reggie Ragland 0
(0%)
23
(40%)
0
(0%)
23
(16%)
Austin Reiter 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(18%)
68
(46%)
Demarcus Robinson 23
(37%)
0
(0%)
5
(18%)
28
(19%)
Khalen Saunders 0
(0%)
9
(16%)
0
(0%)
9
(6%)
Mitchell Schwartz 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(18%)
68
(46%)
Anthony Sherman 5
(8%)
0
(0%)
20
(71%)
25
(17%)
Daniel Sorensen 0
(0%)
57
(100%)
23
(82%)
80
(54%)
Terrell Suggs 0
(0%)
28
(49%)
0
(0%)
28
(19%)
Darwin Thompson 11
(17%)
0
(0%)
14
(50%)
25
(17%)
Charvarius Ward 0
(0%)
56
(98%)
8
(29%)
64
(43%)
Sammy Watkins 52
(83%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
52
(35%)
Armani Watts 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
15
(54%)
15
(10%)
Damien Williams 53
(84%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
53
(36%)
Xavier Williams 0
(0%)
15
(26%)
4
(14%)
19
(13%)
Damien Wilson 0
(0%)
40
(70%)
5
(18%)
45
(30%)
James Winchester 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
9
(32%)
9
(6%)
Stefen Wisniewski 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(18%)
68
(46%)
Deon Yelder 1
(2%)
0
(0%)
4
(14%)
5
(3%)