Here were the snap counts for the Chiefs:
Special teams (only)
Starters (offense): WR Tyreek Hill, LT Eric Fisher, LG Cam Erving, C Austin Reiter, RG Andrew Wylie, RT Mitch Schwartz, OL Jeff Allen, TE Travis Kelce, QB Patrick Mahomes, RB Kareem Hunt, FB Anthony Sherman
Starters (defense): LDE Allen Bailey, NT Derrick Nnadi, LOLB Breeland Speaks, LILB Anthony Hitchens, RILB Reggie Ragland, ROLB Dee Ford, LCB Steven Nelson, RCB Kendall Fuller, S Orlando Scandrick, S Ron Parker, DB Eric Murray
Active, but did not play: QB Chad Henne, C Jimmy Murray
Takeaways (in no particular order)
- OL Jeff Allen technically earned a “start” since he was on the field for the first play of the game as the sixth offensive lineman. It is a reason the stat may as well be thrown out the window in today’s NFL, as Allen finished with just four offensive snaps.
- Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (62 offensive snaps) and tight end Travis Kelce (61 offensive snaps) were each on the field more than 90 percent Sunday.
- The amount running back Spencer Ware is producing in limited opportunities (14 snaps) is great for the Chiefs. Ware had 81 yards from scrimmage. Finding ways to get Ware in the mix with Kareem Hunt playing so well will be a good problem to have moving forward for Andy Reid.
- The Chiefs’ iron man Sunday was safety Eric Murray, who played 75 defensive snaps for 100 percent. Cornerback Steven Nelson and safety Ron Parker missed a play each. The “Lucas Locomotive” chugged along for 12 defensive snaps (16 percent).
- Dee Ford (71 defensive snaps) and Breeland Speaks (65 defensive snaps) were your starting outside linebackers, with Tanoh Kpassagnon recording 13 defensive snaps. Nate Orchard had one defensive snap in his return to Cleveland.
- Kudos to inside linebacker Anthony Hitchens, who toughed through a rib contusion to play 52 defensive snaps (69 percent). It was still more plays than Reggie Ragland, who played 26 defensive snaps (48 percent). Ben Niemann had 11 defensive snaps for 15 percent.
- Linebacker Dorian O’Daniel had a career-high 33 snaps (44 percent) on defense.
- Special-teams stars (15 snaps or more): TE Demetrius Harris (22), FB Anthony Sherman (20), LB Ben Niemann (17), CB Charvarius Ward (17), LB Dorian O’ Daniel (16), WR Marcus Kemp (16) and RB Damien Williams (16); Williams had the punt block in the game.