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Chiefs-Bills snap counts: Edwards-Helaire, Williams split time, play different roles

Let’s take a look at how Kansas City used their players as they advanced to the Super Bowl.

AFC Championship - Buffalo Bills v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Buffalo Bills 38-24 in the AFC Championship on Sunday, advancing to their second straight Super Bowl.

Let’s see how the Chiefs used their players in the win.


Starters (offensive): WR Tyreek Hill, LT Eric Fisher, LG Nick Allegretti, C Austin Reiter, RG Andrew Wylie, RT Mike Remmers, TE Travis Kelce, WR Demarcus Robinson, WR Byron Pringle, QB Patrick Mahomes and RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

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

Did not play: QB Chad Henne.

Inactive: WR Sammy Watkins, RB Le’Veon Bell, CB BoPete Keyes, LB Willie Gay Jr., OL Yasir Durant, DE Tim Ward and DT Khalen Saunders.


Offensive takeaways


The Chiefs began the game with the usual offensive line: Eric Fisher, Nick Allegretti, Austin Reiter, Andrew Wylie and Mike Remmers. Stefen Wisniewski came in for Wylie on three snaps. After Fisher left the game with an Achilles injury, Remmers moved to left tackle, Wylie moved to right tackle am Wisniewski came in at right guard. They finished the game together.

At tight end, Travis Kelce was in his normal range of us (91%) — and went back to being used more often on passing plays. Nick Keizer and Ricky Seals-Jones picked up that slack. The Chiefs had multiple tight ends on the field for five plays.

Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire returned from his injury, pretty much splitting the snaps with Darrel Williams. But for the first time since the Week 8 game against the New York Jets, Edwards-Helaire was used significantly more often on passing plays; Williams came in significantly more often on running plays. Darwin Thompson had a handful of snaps (5%) — all of them on running plays.

At wide receiver, Tyreek Hill’s use was in the normal range, although he saw the greatest disparity of use between the passing and running plays since Week 8. Byron Pringle had a sharp uptick in use from the Divisional round game against the Cleveland Browns — only in the Week 17 game against the Los Angeles Chargers did he see more use — while Mecole Hardman’s use declined. Demarcus Robinson’s use was in a normal range (64%).


Defensive takeaways


As usual, the starters in the secondary played nearly every snap: safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Daniel Sorensen were in for every play, while cornerback Charvarius Ward missed only one and corner Bashaud Breeland missed just three. Aside from Week 17, safety Juan Thornhill saw the field more than he had since Week 12 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After returning from injury, Rashad Fenton wasn’t used at all on special teams — something that hadn’t happened since Week 4 — but had 41% of the defensive snaps.

Linebacker Anthony Hitchens had snaps consistent with his normal range (70%), but Damien Wilson saw his lowest use of the season. This is interesting because Ben Niemann also had snaps in his normal range. Chiefs linebackers had 88 total snaps on 71 defensive plays — meaning that the Chiefs had one just linebacker on the field for a substantial portion of the game. That probably accounts for the use of both Thornhill and Fenton — and the Chiefs holding Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs to just 5 catches and 33 yards until there were just over four minutes remaining in the game.

There’s not much of a story along the defensive line. Frank Clark (79%), Chris Jones (73%), Tanoh Kpassagnon (49%), Derrick Nnadi (45%), Tershawn Wharton (42%), Michael Danna (30%) and Mike Pennel (24%) all had usage in their normal ranges. But Alex Okafor saw as much use as he’s had all season.


Data


Offense

Offense All Pass Run
Total 64
(100%)
39
(100%)
25
(100%)
Nick Allegretti 64
(100%)
39
(100%)
25
(100%)
Patrick Mahomes 64
(100%)
39
(100%)
25
(100%)
Austin Reiter 64
(100%)
39
(100%)
25
(100%)
Mike Remmers 64
(100%)
39
(100%)
25
(100%)
Andrew Wylie 61
(95%)
36
(92%)
25
(100%)
Travis Kelce 58
(91%)
38
(97%)
20
(80%)
Tyreek Hill 52
(81%)
37
(95%)
15
(60%)
Byron Pringle 51
(80%)
32
(82%)
19
(76%)
Eric Fisher 47
(73%)
35
(90%)
12
(48%)
Demarcus Robinson 41
(64%)
29
(74%)
12
(48%)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 32
(50%)
26
(67%)
6
(24%)
Darrel Williams 29
(45%)
13
(33%)
16
(64%)
Mecole Hardman 22
(34%)
16
(41%)
6
(24%)
Stefen Wisniewski 20
(31%)
7
(18%)
13
(52%)
Nick Keizer 14
(22%)
3
(8%)
11
(44%)
Ricky Seals-Jones 7
(11%)
1
(3%)
6
(24%)
Anthony Sherman 7
(11%)
0
(0%)
7
(28%)
Marcus Kemp 4
(6%)
0
(0%)
4
(16%)
Darwin Thompson 3
(5%)
0
(0%)
3
(12%)

Defense

Defense All Pass Run
Total 71
(100%)
53
(100%)
18
(100%)
Tyrann Mathieu 71
(100%)
53
(100%)
18
(100%)
Daniel Sorensen 71
(100%)
53
(100%)
18
(100%)
Charvarius Ward 70
(99%)
52
(98%)
18
(100%)
Bashaud Breeland 68
(96%)
51
(96%)
17
(94%)
Frank Clark 56
(79%)
40
(75%)
16
(89%)
Juan Thornhill 54
(76%)
40
(75%)
14
(78%)
Chris Jones 52
(73%)
40
(75%)
12
(67%)
Anthony Hitchens 50
(70%)
36
(68%)
14
(78%)
L'Jarius Sneed 46
(65%)
32
(60%)
14
(78%)
Alex Okafor 41
(58%)
30
(57%)
11
(61%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 35
(49%)
26
(49%)
9
(50%)
Derrick Nnadi 32
(45%)
21
(40%)
11
(61%)
Tershawn Wharton 30
(42%)
22
(42%)
8
(44%)
Rashad Fenton 29
(41%)
24
(45%)
5
(28%)
Ben Niemann 26
(37%)
22
(42%)
4
(22%)
Michael Danna 21
(30%)
18
(34%)
3
(17%)
Mike Pennel 17
(24%)
15
(28%)
2
(11%)
Damien Wilson 12
(17%)
8
(15%)
4
(22%)

Special Teams

Special Teams Snaps
Total 29
(100%)
Antonio Hamilton 23
(79%)
Ben Niemann 23
(79%)
Dorian O'Daniel 23
(79%)
Armani Watts 21
(72%)
Anthony Sherman 20
(69%)
Marcus Kemp 17
(59%)
Nick Keizer 16
(55%)
Harrison Butker 13
(45%)
Juan Thornhill 12
(41%)
Chris Lammons 12
(41%)
Daniel Sorensen 11
(38%)
Mecole Hardman 10
(34%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 8
(28%)
Byron Pringle 7
(24%)
Darwin Thompson 7
(24%)
Tommy Townsend 7
(24%)
James Winchester 7
(24%)
Nick Allegretti 6
(21%)
Daniel Kilgore 6
(21%)
Martinas Rankin 6
(21%)
Austin Reiter 6
(21%)
Damien Wilson 6
(21%)
Stefen Wisniewski 6
(21%)
Eric Fisher 5
(17%)
Darius Harris 5
(17%)
Anthony Hitchens 5
(17%)
Derrick Nnadi 5
(17%)
Mike Pennel 5
(17%)
Tershawn Wharton 5
(17%)
Andrew Wylie 5
(17%)
Darryl Williams 5
(17%)
L'Jarius Sneed 3
(10%)
Demarcus Robinson 2
(7%)

All Snaps

All Snaps Off Def ST Total
Total 64
(100%)
71
(100%)
29
(100%)
164
(100%)
Nick Allegretti 64
(100%)
0
(0%)
6
(21%)
70
(43%)
Bashaud Breeland 0
(0%)
68
(96%)
0
(0%)
68
(41%)
Harrison Butker 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
13
(45%)
13
(8%)
Frank Clark 0
(0%)
56
(79%)
0
(0%)
56
(34%)
Michael Danna 0
(0%)
21
(30%)
0
(0%)
21
(13%)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 32
(50%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
32
(20%)
Rashad Fenton 0
(0%)
29
(41%)
0
(0%)
29
(18%)
Eric Fisher 47
(73%)
0
(0%)
5
(17%)
52
(32%)
Antonio Hamilton 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
23
(79%)
23
(14%)
Mecole Hardman 22
(34%)
0
(0%)
10
(34%)
32
(20%)
Darius Harris 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
5
(17%)
5
(3%)
Tyreek Hill 52
(81%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
52
(32%)
Anthony Hitchens 0
(0%)
50
(70%)
5
(17%)
55
(34%)
Chris Jones 0
(0%)
52
(73%)
0
(0%)
52
(32%)
Nick Keizer 14
(22%)
0
(0%)
16
(55%)
30
(18%)
Travis Kelce 58
(91%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
58
(35%)
Daniel Kilgore 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
6
(21%)
6
(4%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 0
(0%)
35
(49%)
8
(28%)
43
(26%)
Patrick Mahomes 64
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
64
(39%)
Tyrann Mathieu 0
(0%)
71
(100%)
0
(0%)
71
(43%)
Ben Niemann 0
(0%)
26
(37%)
23
(79%)
49
(30%)
Derrick Nnadi 0
(0%)
32
(45%)
5
(17%)
37
(23%)
Dorian O'Daniel 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
23
(79%)
23
(14%)
Alex Okafor 0
(0%)
41
(58%)
0
(0%)
41
(25%)
Mike Pennel 0
(0%)
17
(24%)
5
(17%)
22
(13%)
Byron Pringle 51
(80%)
0
(0%)
7
(24%)
58
(35%)
Martinas Rankin 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
6
(21%)
6
(4%)
Austin Reiter 64
(100%)
0
(0%)
6
(21%)
70
(43%)
Mike Remmers 64
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
64
(39%)
Demarcus Robinson 41
(64%)
0
(0%)
2
(7%)
43
(26%)
Ricky Seals-Jones 7
(11%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
7
(4%)
Anthony Sherman 7
(11%)
0
(0%)
20
(69%)
27
(16%)
L'Jarius Sneed 0
(0%)
46
(65%)
3
(10%)
49
(30%)
Daniel Sorensen 0
(0%)
71
(100%)
11
(38%)
82
(50%)
Darwin Thompson 3
(5%)
0
(0%)
7
(24%)
10
(6%)
Juan Thornhill 0
(0%)
54
(76%)
12
(41%)
66
(40%)
Tommy Townsend 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
7
(24%)
7
(4%)
Charvarius Ward 0
(0%)
70
(99%)
0
(0%)
70
(43%)
Armani Watts 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
21
(72%)
21
(13%)
Tershawn Wharton 0
(0%)
30
(42%)
5
(17%)
35
(21%)
Darrel Williams 29
(45%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
29
(18%)
Damien Wilson 0
(0%)
12
(17%)
6
(21%)
18
(11%)
James Winchester 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
7
(24%)
7
(4%)
Stefen Wisniewski 20
(31%)
0
(0%)
6
(21%)
26
(16%)
Andrew Wylie 61
(95%)
0
(0%)
5
(17%)
66
(40%)
Marcus Kemp 4
(6%)
0
(0%)
17
(59%)
21
(13%)
Chris Lammons 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
12
(41%)
12
(7%)
Darryl Williams 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
5
(17%)
5
(3%)

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