Here are some observations based on the snap-count data from the Chiefs 17-16 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday. Stats provided by the NFL.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
*Heres a fun little wrinkle: all five of the Chiefs starting offensive linemen played every single snap, yet backup tackle Donald Stephenson somehow logged three offensive snaps. What gives? Well, Stephenson was used as a tackle-eligible offensive lineman in some short-yardage situations.
Whats that? You want a quick recap of all of Stephensons three snaps? Sure!
1. In the first quarter, with the Chiefs facing a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Stephenson lined up to the left of left tackle Branden Albert on Jamaal Charles 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter. They ran away from his side.
2. In the fourth quarter, with the Chiefs facing a third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Stephenson lined up to the right of right tackle Eric Fisher. They again ran to the other side, though Charles was stopped for no gain.
3. On the very next play, Stephenson again lined up next to the right tackle. This time the Chiefs ran a fake to Charles and quarterback Alex Smith rolled to his right. Stephenson blocked for a second before he released as a receiver. He actually raised his hands to the air because he thought he was open.
Smith, of course, fired a pass a bit too late to tight end Sean McGrath, who was open. This would have been a touchdown had he delivered it on time, but credit McGrath for making a hell of a catch.
*The Chiefs used fullback Anthony Sherman much more this week, as he went from logging 18 snaps (29 percent) against Oakland to 34 (50 percent) against Houston. This seemed to effect receiver Dexter McCluster the most. He went from logging 42 snaps against Oakland (67 percent) to 26 (38 percent) against Houston.
*McGrath saw his workload decrease sharply due to the return of starter Anthony Fasano. While Fasano, who missed the previous four games with knee and ankle injuries, played 62 of 68 offensive snaps (91 percent), McGrath only played 27 (40 percent) after logging 89 percent of the snaps against Oakland.
*Rookie running back Knile Davis logged nine offensive snaps, the most hes had since he logged the same amount against Philadelphia in week three. Prior to the Houston game, Davis had logged a grand total of 11 offensive snaps against Oakland, Tennessee and New York.
*We covered this in depth in our postgame notes, but running back Cyrus Gray logged one snap in the wildcat.
*Tight end Kevin Brock (14 offensive snaps vs. Oakland) and guard Geoff Schwartz (one offensive snap vs. Oakland) did not play on offense.
*Cornerback Brandon Flowers logged every single snap on defense after missing the Raiders game with a knee injury. When the Chiefs were in their base 3-4, Flowers started at his familiar left cornerback position. When they played nickel, emerging rookie Marcus Cooper took his spot while Flowers shifted inside to the slot. One cant help but wonder if the Chiefs are trying to get Flowers reps there in preparation for their looming matchup against Denver and slot receiver Wes Welker, who is pretty ridiculous.
*Speaking of Cooper, he only logged 33 defensive snaps (59 percent) after logging every defensive snap (74) against Oakland.
*For the second time in three weeks, backup cornerback Dunta Robinson did not play even though he dressed. Robinson logged 55 percent of the defensive snaps against Oakland.
*Nose guard Dontari Poe suffered a sprained ankle against the Raiders last week but seemed to be back to his old self, logging 100 percent of the defensive snaps.
*Safety Bradley McDougald was inactive just one week after he logged 10 special teams snaps against the Raiders.
|Pos., Name||Off. Snaps||Snap %||ST Snaps||Snap %|
|LT Branden Albert||68||100%||3||12%|
|RG Jon Asamoah||68||100%||3||12%|
|C Rodney Hudson||68||100%||3||12%|
|LG Jeff Allen||68||100%||3||12%|
|RT Eric Fisher||68||100%||3||12%|
|QB Alex Smith||68||100%|
|TE Anthony Fasano||62||91%|
|RB Jamaal Charles||58||85%|
|WR Dwayne Bowe||55||81%|
|WR Donnie Avery||49||72%|
|FB Anthony Sherman||34||50%||13||52%|
|TE Sean McGrath||27||40%|
|WR Dexter McCluster||26||38%||4||16%|
|WR Junior Hemingway||9||13%||18||72%|
|RB Knile Davis||9||13%|
|WR A.J. Jenkins||6||9%|
|RT D. Stephenson||3||4%||3||12%|
|RB Cyrus Gray||1||1%||18||72%|
|WR Chad Hall||1||1%||1||4%|
|K Ryan Succop||7||28%|
|LS Thomas Gafford||7||28%|
|G Geoff Schwartz||3||12%|
|Pos., Name||Def. Snaps||Snap %||ST Snaps||Snap %|
|OLB Justin Houston||56||100%||4||16%|
|NT Dontari Poe||56||100%||4||16%|
|OLB Tamba Hali||56||100%||4||16%|
|ILB Derrick Johnson||56||100%||4||16%|
|CB Brandon Flowers||56||100%|
|S Kendrick Lewis||56||100%|
|S Eric Berry||56||100%|
|CB Sean Smith||56||100%|
|DE Mike DeVito||38||68%||4||16%|
|CB Marcus Cooper||33||59%||13||52%|
|DE Tyson Jackson||32||57%||4||16%|
|S Quintin Demps||23||41%||18||72%|
|ILB Akeem Jordan||23||41%||18||72%|
|DE Allen Bailey||13||23%||3||12%|
|S Husain Abdullah||5||9%||22||88%|
|DE Anthony Toribio||1||2%|
|CB Ron Parker||22||88%|
|LB J. Johnson||18||72%|
|LB Frank Zombo||18||72%|
|LB Nico Johnson||13||52%|
|DE Mike Catapano||10||40%|
|P Dustin Colquitt||7||28%|
|S Bradley McDougald|
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