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Chiefs-Broncos snap counts: Bell and Gay start; Hardman takes a back seat

Analyzing the use of Chiefs players during the Week 13 win over Denver.

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The Kansas City Chiefs extended their record to 11-1 and claimed a postseason berth in a 22-16 victory over the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday night.

Let’s take a look at how the Chiefs used their players in the victory.


Starters (offensive): WR Tyreek Hill, LT Eric Fisher, LG Nick Allegretti, C Austin Reiter, RG Andrew Wylie, RT Mike Remmers, TE Travis Kelce, QB Patrick Mahomes, WR Sammy Watkins, RB Le’Veon Bell and WR Demarcus Robinson.

Starters (defensive): LDE Tanoh Kpassagnon, LDT Chris Jones, RDT Derrick Nnadi, RDE Frank Clark, LB Anthony Hitchens, LB Damien Wilson, LB Willie Gay Jr., LCB Charvarius Ward, RCB Bashaud Breeland, FS Daniel Sorensen and SS Tyrann Mathieu.

Did not play: QB Chad Henne, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, G Stefen Wisniewski and C Daniel Kilgore.

Inactive: CB BoPete Keyes, LB Darius Harris, T Martinas Rankin, TE Ricky Seals-Jones, DE Tim Ward and DT Khalen Saunders.


Offensive takeaways


Despite the presence of Martinas Rankin and Stefen Wisniewski on the game-day roster, the Chiefs stood pat with their offensive line. Eric Fisher, Nick Allegretti, Austin Reiter, Andrew Wylie and Mike Remmers (still subbing for Mitchell Schwartz) played every offensive snap.

At tight end, Travis Kelce, Nick Keizer and Deon Yelder all saw normal usage..

After missing a couple of practice days due to illness, nominal starting running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire was active for the game — but was kept on the sidelines. Le’Veon Bell and Darrel Williams had all the snaps. Each had their highest usage of the season.

Wide receivers Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson were all listed as starters for the game, but the Chiefs didn’t have all of them on the field for every snap. While Hill and Watkins had normal usage, Robinson’s use was down a bit and Hardman had his lowest usage on both offense and special teams since Week 1.


Defensive takeaways


In the secondary, safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Daniel Sorensen — along with cornerbacks Bashaud Breeland Charvarius Ward — started the game and played every snap. In his new role as a nickel corner, L’Jarius Sneed’s use continued to trend up. At safety, Juan Thornhill’s defensive usage declined.

Anthony Hitchens, Damien Wilson and Willie Gay Jr. were all listed as starting linebackers. Hitchens saw normal use, while — as usual — other linebacker usage varied widely as compared to previous games. Gay’s special-teams use declined — and for the first time this season, was used equally often on running and passing plays.

At defensive end, Frank Clark had nominal use. Alex Okafor got back to his pre-injury usage rate, while Michael Danna and Tanoh Kpassagnon filled the rest of the snaps — although Kpassagnon’s use (even after being listed as a starter) dropped to a season-low level.

On the defensive interior, Chris Jones received his usual snaps — and we again have week-to-week variance among the other tackles.

By the way... once-promising second-year defensive tackle Khalen Saunders — who was on injured reserve for five weeks earlier in the season — has now spent the five weeks since then as a game-day inactive. On Monday, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was asked if Saunders still wasn’t quite ready to play.

“That — and some of the other guys in there have done OK,” replied Reid. “You put one up, you’ve got to put one down. That’s one of the negatives when you get injured: somebody steps in and does pretty good. That’s what goes on. He’s definitely a good football player — and his time will come.”


Data


Offense

Offense All Pass Run
Total 63
(100%)
41
(100%)
22
(100%)
Nick Allegretti 63
(100%)
41
(100%)
22
(100%)
Eric Fisher 63
(100%)
41
(100%)
22
(100%)
Patrick Mahomes 63
(100%)
41
(100%)
22
(100%)
Austin Reiter 63
(100%)
41
(100%)
22
(100%)
Mike Remmers 63
(100%)
41
(100%)
22
(100%)
Andrew Wylie 63
(100%)
41
(100%)
22
(100%)
Tyreek Hill 60
(95%)
39
(95%)
21
(95%)
Travis Kelce 56
(89%)
37
(90%)
19
(86%)
Sammy Watkins 47
(75%)
31
(76%)
16
(73%)
Demarcus Robinson 36
(57%)
28
(68%)
8
(36%)
Le'Veon Bell 33
(52%)
19
(46%)
14
(64%)
Darrel Williams 30
(48%)
22
(54%)
8
(36%)
Mecole Hardman 21
(33%)
14
(34%)
7
(32%)
Deon Yelder 15
(24%)
7
(17%)
8
(36%)
Nick Keizer 13
(21%)
6
(15%)
7
(32%)
Marcus Kemp 2
(3%)
1
(2%)
1
(5%)
Anthony Sherman 2
(3%)
1
(2%)
1
(5%)

Defense

Defense All Pass Run
Total 62
(100%)
29
(100%)
33
(100%)
Bashaud Breeland 62
(100%)
29
(100%)
33
(100%)
Tyrann Mathieu 62
(100%)
29
(100%)
33
(100%)
Daniel Sorensen 62
(100%)
29
(100%)
33
(100%)
Charvarius Ward 62
(100%)
29
(100%)
33
(100%)
Frank Clark 49
(79%)
22
(76%)
27
(82%)
Anthony Hitchens 45
(73%)
19
(66%)
26
(79%)
Chris Jones 45
(73%)
22
(76%)
23
(70%)
L'Jarius Sneed 45
(73%)
22
(76%)
23
(70%)
Damien Wilson 43
(69%)
18
(62%)
25
(76%)
Derrick Nnadi 33
(53%)
14
(48%)
19
(58%)
Alex Okafor 30
(48%)
18
(62%)
12
(36%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 26
(42%)
9
(31%)
17
(52%)
Tershawn Wharton 24
(39%)
13
(45%)
11
(33%)
Mike Pennel 22
(35%)
9
(31%)
13
(39%)
Michael Danna 19
(31%)
9
(31%)
10
(30%)
Juan Thornhill 19
(31%)
11
(38%)
8
(24%)
Willie Gay Jr. 17
(27%)
7
(24%)
10
(30%)
Ben Niemann 17
(27%)
10
(34%)
7
(21%)

Special Teams

Special Teams Snaps
Total 25
(100%)
Antonio Hamilton 19
(76%)
Ben Niemann 19
(76%)
Anthony Sherman 19
(76%)
Armani Watts 19
(76%)
Chris Lammons 19
(76%)
Marcus Kemp 16
(64%)
Juan Thornhill 13
(52%)
Harrison Butker 12
(48%)
Rashad Fenton 10
(40%)
Willie Gay Jr. 10
(40%)
Nick Keizer 10
(40%)
Darwin Thompson 10
(40%)
Tommy Townsend 9
(36%)
James Winchester 9
(36%)
Nick Allegretti 6
(24%)
Yasir Durant 6
(24%)
Eric Fisher 6
(24%)
Austin Reiter 6
(24%)
Mike Remmers 6
(24%)
Daniel Sorensen 6
(24%)
Damien Wilson 6
(24%)
Andrew Wylie 6
(24%)
Deon Yelder 6
(24%)
Mecole Hardman 5
(20%)
Michael Danna 3
(12%)
Anthony Hitchens 3
(12%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 3
(12%)
Derrick Nnadi 3
(12%)
Mike Pennel 3
(12%)
L'Jarius Sneed 3
(12%)
Tershawn Wharton 2
(8%)
Tyreek Hill 1
(4%)
Chris Jones 1
(4%)

All Snaps

All Snaps Off Def ST Total
Total 63
(100%)
62
(100%)
25
(100%)
150
(100%)
Nick Allegretti 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
6
(24%)
69
(46%)
Le'Veon Bell 33
(52%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
33
(22%)
Bashaud Breeland 0
(0%)
62
(100%)
0
(0%)
62
(41%)
Harrison Butker 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
12
(48%)
12
(8%)
Frank Clark 0
(0%)
49
(79%)
0
(0%)
49
(33%)
Michael Danna 0
(0%)
19
(31%)
3
(12%)
22
(15%)
Yasir Durant 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
6
(24%)
6
(4%)
Rashad Fenton 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
10
(40%)
10
(7%)
Eric Fisher 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
6
(24%)
69
(46%)
Willie Gay Jr. 0
(0%)
17
(27%)
10
(40%)
27
(18%)
Antonio Hamilton 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
19
(76%)
19
(13%)
Mecole Hardman 21
(33%)
0
(0%)
5
(20%)
26
(17%)
Tyreek Hill 60
(95%)
0
(0%)
1
(4%)
61
(41%)
Anthony Hitchens 0
(0%)
45
(73%)
3
(12%)
48
(32%)
Chris Jones 0
(0%)
45
(73%)
1
(4%)
46
(31%)
Nick Keizer 13
(21%)
0
(0%)
10
(40%)
23
(15%)
Travis Kelce 56
(89%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
56
(37%)
Marcus Kemp 2
(3%)
0
(0%)
16
(64%)
18
(12%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 0
(0%)
26
(42%)
3
(12%)
29
(19%)
Patrick Mahomes 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
63
(42%)
Tyrann Mathieu 0
(0%)
62
(100%)
0
(0%)
62
(41%)
Ben Niemann 0
(0%)
17
(27%)
19
(76%)
36
(24%)
Derrick Nnadi 0
(0%)
33
(53%)
3
(12%)
36
(24%)
Alex Okafor 0
(0%)
30
(48%)
0
(0%)
30
(20%)
Mike Pennel 0
(0%)
22
(35%)
3
(12%)
25
(17%)
Austin Reiter 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
6
(24%)
69
(46%)
Mike Remmers 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
6
(24%)
69
(46%)
Demarcus Robinson 36
(57%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
36
(24%)
Anthony Sherman 2
(3%)
0
(0%)
19
(76%)
21
(14%)
L'Jarius Sneed 0
(0%)
45
(73%)
3
(12%)
48
(32%)
Daniel Sorensen 0
(0%)
62
(100%)
6
(24%)
68
(45%)
Darwin Thompson 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
10
(40%)
10
(7%)
Juan Thornhill 0
(0%)
19
(31%)
13
(52%)
32
(21%)
Tommy Townsend 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
9
(36%)
9
(6%)
Charvarius Ward 0
(0%)
62
(100%)
0
(0%)
62
(41%)
Sammy Watkins 47
(75%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
47
(31%)
Armani Watts 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
19
(76%)
19
(13%)
Tershawn Wharton 0
(0%)
24
(39%)
2
(8%)
26
(17%)
Darrel Williams 30
(48%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
30
(20%)
Damien Wilson 0
(0%)
43
(69%)
6
(24%)
49
(33%)
James Winchester 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
9
(36%)
9
(6%)
Andrew Wylie 63
(100%)
0
(0%)
6
(24%)
69
(46%)
Deon Yelder 15
(24%)
0
(0%)
6
(24%)
21
(14%)
Chris Lammons 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
19
(76%)
19
(13%)

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