Here are some observations based on the defensive snap-count data from the Kansas City Chiefs’ 24-3 win over the New York Jets on Sunday. This includes each player’s snap-count data from Week 2 and from Week 1.
Analysis: Virtually identical playing-time distribution to last week. This is a very good rotation, and all five players deserve the work.
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Analysis: Ford saw his playing time drop by half, which Chiefs coach Andy Reid attributed to a hand injury he suffered during the game. Reid added the Chiefs wanted to get Hali more work, which is why is usage was up Sunday. “Tamba got more time there, and we’ve been easing him a little more each of the last few games,” Reid said. “We’re not going to give him an entire game at this point — that’s not where he’s at. We want him to be here and be productive the whole year.”
Moses earned a season-high in snaps while Nicolas, a talented rookie, even got a rep.
Analysis: March-Lillard saw his playing time drop a bit due to the Jets’ heavy abundance passing sets.
Analysis: Nelson remains the No. 2 corner, but he did see his special-teams percentage drop to only 22 percent after 71 percent in the opener and 62 percent in Week 2. White continues to make plays in limited playing time; after a big hit in one rep in Week 1, he logged an interception in five snaps on Sunday.
Analysis: Sorensen continues to get work in the Chiefs’ “23” nickel personnel grouping as a linebacker. He can attribute his high usage Sunday to the Jets’ abundance of three-, four- and five-wide sets.